Agoraphobia And Alcohol
Agoraphobia and alcohol occasionally go hand in hand. It can be really tempting to drink to reduce feelings of anxiety. The trouble with using alcohol to self medicate agoraphobia is that it while it actually does temporarily reduce feelings of anxiety it doesn't address the underlying causes.
The Trouble With Alcohol Is It Works!
I love a glass of wine after dinner and I love a cold beer on a hot day. I am definitely not against drinking!
But everyone knows that when you start to use alcohol and come to rely on it to solve problems you are in for trouble and possibly on the pathway towards alcoholism.
Having a quick drink to ease extreme anxiety or stress is something many people do every once in awhile. If it starts to be the main way you cope, you risk developing a serious addiction. An alcoholic agoraphobic is a person with two big problems.
Agoraphobia and alcohol abuse are a serious issue. The emotional pain of agoraphobia is so strong you are desperate to feel better. People who don't drink may not necessarily start abusing alcohol, although it could happen. Those who already do drink, may drink more, since they probably think it helps.
The problem is, in spite of the temporary relief it brings, using alcohol to help
is certainly not a cure. At best it just masks the problem.
The Effect Is Temporary
Alcohol has a way of giving you a temporary feeling of confidence.
After a drink or two, people get a little louder, funnier, feel more open, honest and confident. A guy with low confidence suddenly has the courage to talk to a girl, maybe ask her out.
An agoraphobic person may use alcohol for the relaxation, carefree attitude and confidence it gives them. Expressed in another way, they may have an "I don't give a darn" attitude.
They may then decide to go out on their own, perhaps further then they are accustomed to, because after a few drinks, they feel brave.
They may decide to do this as a form of "therapy" and quickly come back before the effects wear off. They begin to find that with booze anxiety-provoking situations don't bother them as much.
The cycle continues. Drinking brings a quick relief from anxiety, so you drink more, just to get relaxed and get out and do things that "normal" people do - such as go out in public, go to a movie, see firends, go to work, leave the house! But the underlying issues are still there, and often just get worse over time.
Alcohol might provide courage but you can't always rely on alcohol, especially if you go for a job interview or to the grocery store at 8am smelling of booze.
Use Better, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Solutions
There are effective treatments for agoraphobia. Alcohol just temporarily masks it. Don't just rely on alcohol for its temporary relief. You have many other far more effective options.
Cognitive behavior therapy along with lifestyle changes, can be very helpful and is the most effective way to overcome agoraphobia.
and self help programs are all options which can help you feel more relaxed and lower your overall level of anxiety. They can be helpful as you learn to change your thinking patterns and behaviors that support agoraphobia. Stick with products and programs that work.
You have many choices and options that will be more helpful than alcohol. If you have agoraphobia and alcohol is your way of dealing with it, consider better, longer-lasting benefits.
Try not to drink because you "have to".
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