Alcohol and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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What Is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by recurring and unwanted ideas, sensations, and thoughts, known as obsessions. To eliminate or reduce the impact of these obsessions, someone with OCD will perform repetitive behaviors or rituals.
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How Alcohol Affects People With OCD
What Causes a Person with OCD to Become Dependent on Alcohol?
How Does Alcohol Worsen OCD?
When someone develops a tolerance to the effect of alcohol, it takes larger and more frequent amounts of alcohol to achieve the same impact. This means where one drink used to help calm OCD symptoms initially, it may now take two, three, or five drinks. Soon, OCD and alcohol abuse become a simultaneous mental health concern. Long-term use of alcohol to self-medicate can also cause new mental health conditions, including worsening OCD symptoms, anxiety, and depression. Alcohol abuse is also a root cause of many medical health consequences, including cancers and diseases of the liver and digestive system.
How Can Alcoholism Affect the Daily Life of an OCD-Sufferer?
When someone has OCD and alcohol addiction, it is called a dual diagnosis or co-occurring conditions. Co-occurring conditions like OCD and alcohol abuse often share several highly intertwined symptoms and root causes. In most cases, it is difficult for treatment providers to separate the symptoms of each condition, as each affects the other.
What’s the First Step to Begin Treatment?
What To Do If You Have a Dual Diagnosis of AUD and OCD
- Pay attention to how drinking makes you feel
- Track how much you are drinking
- Learn how alcohol might impact obsessive-compulsive disorder medications
- Ask for help when you need it
Treatment For Co-Occurring OCD and Alcoholism
If you have a dual diagnosis of OCD and an alcohol use disorder, it is crucial to seek treatment at a specialized treatment program. Although all addiction and mental health treatment programs strive to provide comprehensive care, not all are equipped to manage the unique nature of dual-diagnosis treatment. Addressing one condition without addressing the symptoms of the other may increase your chances of relapse.
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The best treatment for OCD and alcohol addiction is dual-diagnosis care. At Profound Recovery, our team of medical and mental health providers is trained in using multiple evidence-based and alternative therapy models, along with some holistic treatment options as well. A wide variety of treatment options allows us to design a treatment based on your treatment goals, not your diagnosis.
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- 4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2705178/
- 5 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26466222/