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Anxiety and Addiction Rehab

Do you struggle with phobias, panic attacks or general anxiety? Do you attempt to calm down or allay your fears by using drugs or alcohol? If so, you’re not alone. The combination of anxiety disorder and addiction is seen often in treatment centers across the country. Your goal should be to find the rehabilitation program that can provide you with excellent treatment for both issues at the same time.

Are you ready to take the first step toward a more balanced life? Contact us today to speak to an expert who can help you determine which treatment program will best serve you.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are a number of different types of anxiety and panic disorders and each one of them can be problematic when drug addiction is also an issue. Some of the most common include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder:  Generalized anxiety disorder is a problem for more than 6.8 million Americans – more than 3 percent of the population – and women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disorder, according to Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
  • Panic disorders: Characterized by panic attacks that can strike at the mere thought of a specific event or situation no matter where you are, these can be debilitating.
  • Phobias:  Fear of bugs, flying, specific situations, or activities can all cause physical and emotional symptoms that are impossible to ignore.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder: Obsessive behaviors often come from anxiety over germs or fears about safety.

Signs of Anxiety Disorder

  • Exaggerated worries, fears or tensions
  • Often expect the worst in any situation even without reason for concern
  • Unable to stop the cycle of worry
  • Often recognize that their anxiety level is unwarranted
  • Symptoms last longer than six months

The Connection Between Anxiety and Drug Addiction

Anxiety can exacerbate issues related to addiction, and addiction can exacerbate issues related to anxiety. For example, the symptoms of anxiety can make cravings worse and increase the effects of certain drugs. Likewise, certain drugs – especially stimulants – can increase anxiety issues and paranoid fears. Treating one without the other is ineffective. The best way to deal with co-occurring disorders is to treat them simultaneously.

If you find that you persistently worry about things that are unlikely to occur or that your worry is excessive and stops you from accomplishing what you need to do in life, then anxiety disorder is likely an issue that should be addressed as you seek the best private drug addiction treatment.

Contributing Factors to Anxiety and Drug Addiction

  • Genetics: Biologically related to people who share a diagnosis for anxiety and/or addiction.
  • Environmental factors: Growing up around people who are highly strung and/or actively abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Life experiences:  Experiencing or witnessing trauma can increase the likelihood of developing both an anxiety issue and/or an addiction problem.
  • Social development: For those who feel awkward around others or in their relationships, anxiety issues and drug abuse or addiction are common.

Dual Diagnosis Rehab: The Best Treatment for Anxiety and Addiction

Dual diagnosis rehabilitation programs specialize in treating those who struggle with both a mental health disorder like anxiety and a drug abuse/addiction issue. Is this the right choice for you? Contact us at the phone number listed above and talk to a counselor about finding the right treatment program for your needs.