Anxiety and alcohol abuse
Some people have a glass of wine after a long day at work to help “take the edge off,” or drink at a party to “loosen up.” For most people, alcohol use in moderation is not a problem.
MartiniCan both be treated at the same time?
When one disorder is not causing the other, it may be most effective to treat these conditions at the same time. For a substance-induced anxiety disorder, the substance abuse would be addressed first because the anxiety should improve after abuse terminates. You may work with a single doctor or one for each condition working as a team.
What treatments are available for people suffering from both disorders?
Non-medication treatments are often recommended for people with both anxiety and substance abuse disorders because of the increased risk for abuse of medication among substance users. Treatment options include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), individual psychotherapy, group therapy, relaxation techniques and self-help groups.
The use of medication will depend on the specific anxiety disorder a person suffers from (i.e., panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.), as some medications will be more effective than others for an individual disorder. An antidepressant may be prescribed, often in conjunction with therapy. Benzodiazepines are typically avoided because they can carry an increased risk of abuse, tolerance and physical dependence