Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use
Anxiety disorders often intersect with substance use, as individuals may use substances to alleviate their anxiety symptoms, leading to a complex cycle of dependence. Understanding this connection is crucial for developing effective interventions and support strategies. Recent research in Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use has highlighted the bidirectional relationship between these conditions, demonstrating that anxiety can increase the risk of substance use and vice versa. Moreover, studies have explored the role of integrated treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacological interventions, in addressing both anxiety and substance use simultaneously. Innovative research also focuses on digital mental health tools and teletherapy to enhance accessibility and engagement in treatment for individuals dealing with these dual challenges. This session will address the complex interconnection between psychological distress and substance misuse, focusing on holistic treatment strategies.