Help for Co-Occurring Intimacy Disorders and Addiction

Help for Co-Occurring Intimacy Disorders and AddictionAddiction rarely begins because people seek something fun to do and repeatedly abuse an addictive drug. More often there is an undiagnosed, underlying mental issue that pushes people to activities that relieve the emotional pain. Drugs usually end up being the answer as they release pleasurable hormones that relax users and soothe anxieties. To be specific, intimacy disorders are powerful instigators of self-medicating through drug abuse.

How to Recognize Intimacy Disorders

There are many manifestations of intimacy disorders. The basic root of all of them is that people truly believe they are worthless and unlovable. Symptoms of this belief include the following behaviors:

  • Refusal to go out in public or interact with others
  • Slow or jumbled speech, accompanied by obvious anxiety at having to carry on a conversation
  • Remaining withdrawn at social functions
  • Staying out of sight if company comes
  • Having few friends
  • Reluctance to establish new relationships
  • Focusing on one’s own failures or shortcomings
  • Resisting repeated offers of unconditional love and friendship, despite the craving for such things
  • Anger at being the center of attention

The internal pain of an intimacy disorder manifests in various social dysfunctions, such as sexual addiction, codependency, social avoidance, agoraphobia and drug addiction. The isolation of intimacy disorder is only made worse by drug abuse, as individuals withdraw even further and seek oblivion from troubles through substance abuse.

How to Treat Addiction and an Intimacy Disorder

When addicts agree to seek addiction help, they should first receive a complete mental evaluation in his psychological therapy. The counselor in charge of recovery should probably recognize the symptoms of an intimacy disorder and create a therapy regimen sensitive to the patient’s needs. Equine therapy and one-on-one sessions with a counselor are good ways to begin addressing the patient’s self-hatred and intimacy issues. Group therapy should be introduced slowly as the patient receives love and support as he ventures into groups and learns to cope with the attention. If treatment is undertaken as a slow, careful process, the patient has hope of interacting with society and living the rest of life drug free.

Help for Addiction and an Intimacy Disorder

If an intimacy disorder and fear of contact has held you back from addiction treatment, please let us help. Our toll-free, 24 hour helpline connects you to a confidential counselor who will compassionately listen to your struggles and advise you on finding treatment. We are available now, so please call today.