Recreational Drugs

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated May 28, 2021

Just as many medications and stimulants can cause side effects and symptoms similar to anxiety symptoms, so can recreational drugs.

Moreover, some recreational drugs punish the nervous system, which includes the brain.

If you are experiencing anxiety disorder or hyperstimulation and its symptoms, recreational drugs aggravate anxiety symptoms and have the potential to sabotage and even reverse recovery from anxiety disorder and its symptoms.

Avoiding recreational drugs can prevent the aggravation of anxiety, hyperstimulation, and their symptoms, as well as their interference with recovery from anxiety disorder and hyperstimulation.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

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