Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that frequently co-occurs with substance abuse. According to the Anxiety and Disorders Association of America, an estimated 40 million Americans have an anxiety disorder. An estimated eight million of those individuals also have a substance use disorder.
Addiction and Anxiety: Why it’s Common
People with untreated or under-treated anxiety may turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate their symptoms. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, only 37 percent of those suffering from an anxiety disorder are receiving any type of professional treatment. Common ways people with anxiety try to numb their symptoms include the use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, alcohol abuse and smoking cigarettes or marijuana.
Anxiety can also be a result of substance abuse, especially alcohol. Drug and alcohol abuse change the brain’s chemistry and can create physical and psychological dependence. Anxiety, irritability and agitation are side effects or withdrawal symptoms of the abuse of alcohol and many drugs.
Substance Abuse and Anxiety Rehab
Effective treatment for those with anxiety and substance use disorders must address both issues simultaneously. At The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab we help you recover from alcohol or drug addiction and also the underlying reasons that might be perpetuating your anxiety and substance use. Your anxiety could stem from a combination of biological factors and situational issues like past trauma or early unhealthy attachment styles. Through a combination of evidence-based approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, mindfulness and trauma-focused therapies like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), you’ll address the issues that fuel harmful thought processes and destructive coping behaviors like substance use.
Our psychiatric team will also asses the use of research-backed medications that may help alleviate your symptoms and put you in a healthier state of mind to get the most out of behavioral treatments. Whether anxiety or addiction came first, the serotonin receptors in the brain are impacted. Effective, non-addictive medications that have shown to be successful in treating anxiety include SNRIs (selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and tricyclic antidepressants.
In residential addiction and anxiety rehab, you’ll also learn critical recovery skills to help you refrain from turning to drugs and alcohol to cope with stressors. We’ll teach you ways to manage stress and triggers with practices such as mindfulness, meditation, exercise, expressive therapies, and by gaining support through 12-step groups and outpatient anxiety therapy.
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