Authors: David Peters
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, addiction services, Addict; abuse; family; comorbidity; relapse
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.
A common theme amongst people recovering from substance addiction is the development of increased mental health issues such as anxiety disorders resulting in a sense of hopelessness and despair. Coupled with this may be a perceived fear of the unknown. For instance, a long term addict recovering from a life of addiction is facing a new life filled with change, modification and variance, contrary to the life that was once known. It is therefore not surprising that these increased anxiety based emotions can often lead to relapse. Achieving any level of sobriety from drugs and alcohol often signifies merely the beginning of a person’s recovery journey and when consequent mental health concerns such as anxiety remain untreated, it is possible for these symptoms to escalate out of control, prompting a return to the life of addiction.