Addiction can bring so much suffering for the person with it but also their loved ones. Being vulnerable enough to ask for help is difficult. It is hard to watch someone go through it and not be sure how to help. When they finally reach the bridge and gone into recovery, it seems the journey has taken a new turn. Now they are experiencing this new challenge of cross over addiction, it can feel even more challenging. There are ways to work with someone who deals with cross over addiction and help them navigate away from the triggers that may lead to it. Prevention is great but sometimes a person needs help walking through it to the other side.

What is Cross or Dual Addiction

Cross addiction occurs when someone with addiction experiences another addiction in recovery. The original addiction may have triggered their brain and body to be more susceptible to the effects of, say, painkillers and alcohol. If someone is not totally able to be sober and clean from all substances, they can experience another type of addiction. Most people in recovery leave rehab and avoid substances for a period of time, but they may experience prescription medication for use of pain control following surgery or something else. They may try some CBD or marijuana and not realize it can lead to crossover addiction.

Risk Factors

Knowing the risk factors for crossover addiction can help prevent it, but it can also help loved ones see it in their family member or friend. Risk factors usually start with the brain and body being so used to substances being in the system. There are also triggers like environment, people, and places from the past that can haunt someone. Cross addiction can occur during times of great stress, deep pain of grief, or struggles with work.

A big risk factor is also isolation or feeling alone. If a person believes they are alone, they will struggle to feel connected to others who can help them navigate recovery and stay clean. Recovery is difficult and not an easy road. People can relapse and enter recovery time and again after treatment before it ‘sticks.’ there is no shame in cross-addiction. It is simply a risk of being susceptible to other addictive behaviors.

Transfer Addiction Substances

If someone experiences transfer addiction, they might become susceptible because of the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzos
  • Sleep aids
  • Cannabis or CBD products
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Dietary aids

There are many ways people become addicted to a behavior or substance in recovery. With treatment from professionals, support in the community, and care from loved ones, it is possible to keep working towards recovery a little at a time.

Find Support

The best way to take risk away is to stop using drugs and alcohol. To get help, it means seeking treatment at inpatient or outpatient programs and finding help for mental health conditions. Dual diagnosis can support mental health and physical addiction symptoms. With help for pain, trauma, and abuse in the past, the layers can fall away so people can find the right support in treatment that makes recovery stick. It means making the choice to help someone or get help for oneself

You cannot get individual treatment just anywhere. We provide specialized treatment for your mental health and physical addiction needs. Our compassionate care team and supportive staff provide tools and resources for your journey of healing to recovery. Call us to find out how we can help: 866-457-3843.


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