According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect some 40 million adults age 18 and over and are the most common mental illnesses diagnosed. Anxiety encompasses a variety of disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. It is also known to develop in tandem with depression. Despite its prevalence, anxiety treatment is available and can help to alleviate unwanted symptoms.

Who’s at Risk?

anxiety treatment program first step centerEveryone will experience moments of anxiety at some point. Anxiety is a natural feeling that functions as an internal signal that tells us to beware. We feel anxious as children before a test or as adults before a job interview out of fear of the unknown. This is normal. It’s when anxiety takes on an obsessive quality, where frequent bouts of anxiety inappropriately arise.

According to Mayo Clinic, common anxiety signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Need for Dual Diagnosis

Excessive worry and anxiety disrupt a person’s ability to manage daily life. In some cases, this may lead a person to use drugs or alcohol as a mechanism to self-soothe. Self-medicating anxiety, however, has the potential to exacerbate an anxiety disorder and promote the development of a substance use disorder. In this case, these co-occurring illnesses (comorbidity) would best be treated with a dual diagnosis.

In the case of a substance use disorder, some drug rehab facilities offer dual diagnosis as part of an integrated treatment program. In a traditional substance abuse treatment center, addiction and other mental illnesses are treated as separate entities by different therapists. Centers that offer integrated treatment, use a dual diagnosis in order to identify and diagnose all disorders and then treat them all as one component.

Anxiety Treatment

When it comes to treatment, there are a variety of options. Some of which include:

  • Medication
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Support Groups

There is no one-size-fits-all anxiety treatment that works for everyone, for everyone has their own set of individual circumstances. In order to find the best treatment plan for you, it’s best to talk to a trusted professional.

Getting the Help You Need

In addition to offering dual diagnosis treatment, First Step Center of Arizona, provides individualized care for each client. With only 10 beds, our clientele benefits from receiving a personalized treatment plan tailored to meet specified needs.

In addition to offering dual diagnosis treatment, First Step Center also offers:

No one need live a life in darkness. Don’t hesitate to find the help you need. First Step Center is ready to work with you to begin your recovery journey. To discuss the best option for anxiety treatment or drug rehab, call us now at 866.832.6398.