When someone involves in addiction a certain level of obsessive thoughts and compulsive rituals are present to the specific addictive behavior. For example, individual with the diagnosis of substance use disorders usually preoccupied with particular drug of addiction. Also, their recurrent negative thought and images of substance addiction force them to use the drug regardless of the consequence that always comes up with negative results. Correspondingly, illnesses such as, Eating disorder, Pathological Gambling, and Sexual Compulsivity bound an individual to perform compulsive acts for the mental preoccupation of their specific addictive behaviors.

The origin of obsession and compulsion in an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Substance Use Disorder is considerably different in both disorders. In Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, obsessions are disturbing thoughts, images and urges that are basis of an anxiety provoking stimulus, fear or phobias. Individual performs compulsive actions to somewhat release from distress for the time being but not for seeking pleasure by doing so. On the other side, obsessions and compulsion involves in Substance Use Disorder is grown up in quest of seeking delight and pleasure from specific drug or alcohol. Obsessions that leads to addictive themes are typically focus on joyful memories and desire of gratifying experience after using substance. Likewise, addict perform compulsive behaviors for getting pleasure when recurrent thought or images of particular drug comes in his mind. 

Individual diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, may have a tendency to begin addiction after frequent use of any particular drug or substance or perform addictive compulsion to cope with his anxiety. Indeed, those who involve in obsession or compulsion are at risk to develop addiction. Person with obsessive- compulsive traits, if involve in preoccupation of body image and food related anxiety have a tendency to develop an Eating Disorder. 

A primary diagnosis is necessary for the treatment if an addictive disorder also arise with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Treatment of both co-occurring disorders is important once the disorder is full blown appear. The dual diagnoses, both the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the co-occurring addiction or Eating Disorder require being taking care of equally to assure a fully successful recovery.

Social Isolation in OCD and Addiction


Individual having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder isolates from social settings that persuade him to use substance abuse and addiction. Sufferers of this disorder often have understanding that these recurrent thoughts or images and rituals don’t have logical connection but they feel so helpless to do so. Sufferers of OCD and Addictive disorder also feel shame when they perform rituals after an awful thinking.

Similar to the drug addiction, people who face the problem of obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts detached themselves from outside world, they feel satisfy to live alone rather than to mingle with people around them. They hide themselves from others in order to keep their unacceptable recurrent thoughts and compulsive rituals. Drug or alcohol use develops when they socially isolate and living alone, they don’t want to make change in their lifestyle

Treatment Of Dually Diagnosed Ocd And Addiction

It is important to treating co-occurring OCD and Addiction at the same time, if anyone is neglect or treated partially will make individual mental and physical health worst. An effective treatment can be cure dually diagnosed disorders, psychiatric medications and psychotherapy like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is essential to be considered. OCD and Addiction sufferer can learn the ways to cope with intrusive thoughts or images that leads to compulsive acts of using drugs or washing hands. In that case Antidepressant medications are also effective to treat OCD symptoms.

An important aspect regarding addiction is that it’s a chronic illness which demands continuous attention to keep away from relapse. However, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be cure from psychiatric medications and psychotherapy.

Source: https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/