Everyone experiences anxiety at one time or another. You wake up late. Someone cuts you off in traffic. You have a test coming up. There are many instances of circumstantial anxiety. While this is normal, and actually functions as a survival technique, too much anxiety can become a problem and/or lead to substance abuse or addiction.
What Is an Anxiety Disorder?
According to information outlined by the Mayo Clinic, the difference between common anxiety and Anxiety Disorder have to do with terms of frequency, intensity, and the degree in which it disrupts daily life.
For instance, common anxiety will lead to occasional feelings of fear or worry. Anxiety Disorder causes constant fear and worry that seems impossible to shut off. Common anxiety will occur in the presence of danger and serves as a type of cautionary system. With Anxiety Disorder, fear will occur when no danger is present and can cause things like agoraphobia, a condition where a person becomes afraid of places or situations that could cause them to suffer a panic attack.
Anxiety and Addiction
Like addiction, anxiety has to do with conditioned behavior. Anxiety becomes a habitual response to daily life. Broken down, this response is comprised of thought and chemical patterns adopted over a period of time. At its most severe manifestation, we can become “addicted” to these internal responses.
How to Treat Anxiety
While there are drugs a doctor can prescribe in order to treat anxiety, if a person is in recovery or suffering from an addiction, a prescription is probably not the best type of treatment. Instead, a person might try these nonchemical methods:
- Deep breathing exercises or meditation
- Squeezing a stress ball or smelling essential oils such as lavender
- Concentrating on grounding techniques, such as focusing on the five senses
If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety or addiction, finding a treatment center capable of dual diagnosis treatment can offer many advantages in ensuring that you or a family member receives the best possible treatment. Adequate treatment goes beyond just quitting a substance. If the root of the problem is left behind, the chance of relapse increases.
In addition to offering dual diagnosis treatment, First Step Center of sunny Arizona also specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and trauma-informed care. With a small clientele base, First Step Center’s all-male residential treatment facility is designed to create custom treatment plans for each client in order to meet individual needs.
First Step Center also offers:
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Anxiety treatment program
- Outpatient Program
No one needs to live a life strained under the weight of co-occurring illnesses. Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. First Step Center is committed to your total recovery and ready to help you learn the skills you need to take back your life and start living again. To find out more about anxiety or addiction treatment, call us now at 866.832.6398.
To learn more about co-occurring disorders from the First Step Center team, check out our Anxiety and Addiction video.