Social anxiety can significantly influence the development and progression of addiction in various ways. Here’s a brief overview:
- Coping Mechanism: Individuals with social anxiety might use substances as a way to alleviate their discomfort in social situations, leading to dependence.
- Isolation: Social anxiety can lead to isolation, which might increase substance use as a form of self-medication.
- Treatment Avoidance: Fear of social judgment might deter individuals from seeking help, worsening the addiction.
- Relapse Trigger: Social situations can trigger anxiety and, subsequently, relapse for those in recovery.