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What Are the Signs of OCD and Addiction?

What Are the Signs of OCD and Addiction?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can occur on its own but may also co-occur alongside a substance abuse problem. Co-occurring disorders are those where a mental health condition and addiction issue both happen to be ongoing at the same time, no matter which came first. There are definite signs to look for in people who struggle with both OCD and addiction.

Signs of OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder defined by compulsive, repetitive behaviors or thoughts that intrude on the person’s ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis. The person likely has no ability to control the compulsive behaviors or thoughts and may recognize they are illogical but is unable to stop indulging them without proper treatment.

Signs of Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Dependence on any drug, including alcohol, is a medical disorder defined by a psychological and physical need for the drug on an ongoing basis. People diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder often feel physically ill without the drug in their system. Withdrawal is part of physical dependence, but psychological dependence upon the drug, signified by cravings and the need to drink or get high, can be difficult to overcome.

OCD and Substance Abuse

When a person struggles with symptoms of both drug and alcohol abuse along with obsessive-compulsive disorder, it is difficult for everyone to cope. The person with addiction may:

  • Experience extreme mood swings
  • Experience OCD episodes when under the influence or without drug of choice
  • Is unable to function day-to-day depending on the nature of OCD behaviors and severity of addiction
  • Lies about drug and alcohol use
  • Ignores health problems caused by OCD, substance use disorder, or combination of the issues
  • Experience altered sleep patterns, eating, or behavioral patterns

The existence of co-occurring disorders of obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction go undiagnosed. For this reason it is helpful to have an evaluation to determine treatment options. The treatment plan can be personalized to family member’s needs. Dual diagnosis rehab is the best way to proceed when both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder co-occur.

Our expert team of professionals provide support and treatment for dual diagnosis individuals who want help for mental health and addiction. There is hope and healing on the other side of co-occurring issues with the right support. Please call us to find out how we can help you or your loved one receive the treatment they need to fight a mental health and addiction diagnosis. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401