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What Are Underlying Issues?

Underlying issues are problems which could have encouraged drug or alcohol use.  The addict wasn’t always having difficulty with substance abuse. Emotional control, stress, teenage hormones, trauma, etc. are possible underlying issues.  Family dynamics and history can also play a role in addiction. Everyone has a different experience through the recovery process. The therapist will help the individual examine the unique situation.  The examples and explanation of underlying issues are not complete. Below are a few examples of what an addict is going through alongside addiction.

Mental illness or disorders – mental disorders are described as uncontrollable or affected moods, thoughts, and behaviors.  ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and depression are a few examples.  Having a mental illness and being unaware of the issue can make an individual stressed, anxious, depressed, and unstable.  Using drugs and alcohol mask the issue. Substance use is also called self-medicating when a mental disorder is involved.

Trauma – Going through a traumatic experience can give someone nightmares, stress, and survivors guilt.  Having emotions and flashbacks of the event will torture and drive someone to use drugs or alcohol as a negative coping mechanism.  PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a common mental disorder and needs extra care when dual-diagnosed with addiction.

Self-esteem – Individuals who develop low self-esteem will try to fit in with whatever group will accept them.  Peer pressure can be a factor in the beginning use of drugs and alcohol. Depression and anxiety of not having close friends will continue the cycle of addiction.

Family – An addict’s background can derive from a long line of addicts.  Having a family history of addiction can raise the risk of someone having a substance abuse disorder.  A family who has drugs or alcohol around children will affect how the kids view substance use. Individuals who suffer from physical, verbal, and mental abuse are more likely to have traumatic experiences at a young age.  Influences from family members play a role in how a person becomes an addict.

Grief – Emotions can take control of an individual’s actions and behaviors.  Grieving is a process which could take a long time. Handling the emotions properly will help the individual understand and move forward.  Without addressing feelings, an individual will find a different way to cope. Drugs and alcohol could give the person suffering a short relief from emotions.  

Addiction can have many beginnings.  Addressing underlying issues will aid the addict in letting go of past problems and move on to a better future.

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