The Benefits of Anxiety and Addiction Treatment
40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States. This is approximately 18% of the population or nearly 1 in 5 people.
Addiction impacts approximately 10% of all individuals across their lifetime.
Unfortunately, sometimes, anxiety and addiction overlap. Individuals who struggle with both diagnoses are said to have a co-occurring disorder where both mental health concerns the substance use disorder and the anxiety disorder impair an individual’s ability to function and the symptoms of one can even exaggerate the symptoms of the other disorder.
At Brightside Recovery our licensed clinicians and therapeutic support staff are trained to help individuals manage both disorders at the same time. Through specifically tailored treatment plans, individuals can feel better with Brightside Recovery.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as, “feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat.” Anxiety may be a common response to stressful situations, but when it gets out of control, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are classified into three categories, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Phobias. The division directly relates to the severity of the anxiety and how the anxiety is directed. Generalized Anxiety Disorder relates to individuals who have a high about of stress and worry about everyday activities, while panic disorder and phobias are directed towards a specific cause. Panic disorders are differentiated by panic attacks, where a person experiences a sudden and intense fear for no reason. Phobias are specific anxiety and fear directed toward a person, object, or action.
Studies indicate that every individual experiences period of anxiety. Anxiety disorders, however, are long-lasting, focused, and/or have a sudden onset.
Individuals diagnosed with anxiety may be prescribed medication to lessen the symptoms of the disorder. But is this medication addictive?
Does Anxiety Cause Addiction?
While anxiety does not cause addiction, it can increase and worsen the symptoms. Addiction can also increase and worsen anxiety symptoms.
Drugs like methamphetamines increase the heart rate, create hyper-focus, and can make individuals feel jittery and wound up. These symptoms can also be related to anxiety. When the drug mimics the anxiety disorder, individuals may feel more anxious or even shut down.
When an individual is anxious, they may take a prescription to decrease the effects of the anxiety disorder. Often a benzodiazepine, this prescription anxiety medication can reduce the heart rate, calm the mind, and “slow down” the overwhelming feelings. Individuals who get used to this feeling or develop a tolerance to the drug need more to achieve the same calm, which can lead to addiction if not closely monitored.
In treatment, it is crucial to indicate that you need addiction treatment support and that you have anxiety. Individuals who only receive treatment for one or the other are more likely to relapse or experience more severe symptoms from the untreated disorder.
What Are the Benefits of Going to Anxiety and Addiction Treatment?
Anxiety and addiction treatment is the best option when suffering from both. When going to both types of treatment, individuals can get to the root cause of the addiction and anxiety. Through this process, they are able to develop a deeper understanding of their personal mental health and identify their triggers.
In addiction and anxiety recovery treatment, individuals can learn appropriate coping and self-management skills to support them in their everyday lives.
If this sounds like the treatment for you, contact Brightside Recovery.
How Can Brightside Recovery Help Me?
At Brightside Recovery we develop individualized treatment plans designed with our client in mind. Our facility has a location and with the most efficient digital treatment program, individuals can get the help they need based on a schedule that works for them.