Addiction and insomnia

Trouble sleeping is a common complaint within addiction, and for some people can go to the extreme of insomnia. There are three kinds of insomnia; intermittent which means trouble sleeping occasionally, a type of insomnia most people will experience at some point in their lives, or transient which can be anything up to a month with trouble sleeping. Around 10% of the population suffer from the third type, which is regarded as chronic insomnia and means the person very rarely sleeps through the night.

Addiction and insomnia can often be a chicken and egg kind of situation. If someone is using substances, then the insomnia can be caused by the resulting chemical changes. If someone is already suffering from insomnia, they may turn to substances to try and alleviate the trouble sleeping; drinking to fall asleep is something I commonly come across. In chronic insomniacs, the addiction may stem from continual attempts to cure the insomnia through the use of substances.

Stress, anxiety, grief, and depression are all states that cause insomnia, and are also ones that are likely to be experienced by someone with an addiction, therefore suffering from an addiction increases the chances that insomnia will become a problem.

In order to tackle the insomnia, it is first essential to remove any substances that may be affecting the body’s natural ability to fall asleep. It is then possible to assess whether there are any organic causes for the insomnia such as asthma, thyroid problems, kidney disease etc. A residential rehab centre will be experienced in helping people to develop techniques to help them sleep. After all, a rested mind is a healthy mind, and once the mind is healthy the body can follow suit.

If you think your addiction and insomnia are causing you problems, give us a call. We can help you fight the dual diagnosis. Call our specialists for support and advice.


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