When someone suffers from a substance use disorder and a mental health or psychiatric disorder (such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, OCD, or a personality disorder), the conditions are considered co-occurring because they are occurring at the same time.
Is there a connection between being a workaholic and having an alcohol use disorder? There could be, according to a recent study, which showed a correlation between working too many hours and drinking. In fact, those who voluntarily worked 5 or more hours of overtime a week were almost three times more likely to struggle with alcohol than their less work focused peers.
Lent is a season in which many people pick a habit that they try to give up for 40 days…just in case that New Year’s resolution didn’t stick. Trying to give up chocolate, dessert or smoking is common during Lent. Another common habit that is often given up is alcohol.
How Did I Get Here?
When you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder, often you will ask “Why did this happen?”
Many people who struggle with addition to alcohol or drugs also have difficulty controlling the amount of food that they eat. It is common to hear about someone binging in college or at parties with alcohol. However, what is less common is to hear others speak of repetitive binges on food. Yet, addiction to alcohol or drugs, and binge eating disorder (BED) share many common features.