Asperger’s Syndrome and Drug or Alcohol Addiction

What Is Asperger’s Syndrome? 

Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental condition that affects children and adults, in which individuals may experience difficulty with social interactions, nonverbal cues from others, difficulty relating to emotional connection from others, and/or awkward movements.  

Asperger’s and the Risk of Addiction to Alcohol and Drugs 

While the experience of Asperger’s varies widely between individuals, the interpersonal functioning difficulties that are frequently a part of Asperger’s often creates the same heightened stress any other individual with social anxieties might experience.  

Individuals with Asperger’s may find work, school, and community activities highly frustrating due to their difficulty understanding the invisible “rules” of non-verbal communication, as well as the nuances of irony, sarcasm, and other communication modes that are often taken for granted by those who do not have Asperger’s.  

These challenges may lead individuals to abuse substances to cope with the stress, anxiety, and depression related to social functioning difficulties. 

How Rehab Helps Recover from Addiction that is complicated by Asperger’s Syndrome 

A comprehensive recovery treatment plan for individuals with Asperger’s will compassionately acknowledge and address the functional difficulties affected individuals face – and which often increase stress, anxiety, and depression, and subsequently raise the likelihood of substance abuse as a means of coping.   

In addition to standard coping skills learned in rehab, individuals with Asperger’s may benefit from additional training and support in interpersonal functioning and communication.