Anxiety Disorder is medically defined as a chronic condition characterized by an excessive and persistent sense of apprehension, with physical symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, and feelings of stress. People with anxiety disorder often experience feelings of nervousness, fear, and uneasiness that interfere with their ability to function.
Anxiety Disorder can be categorized between mild and severe anxiety. While mild anxiety can be simply vague and unsettling, severe anxiety can be unbearable to the point of creating a serious impact on an individual’s life, sometimes causing panic attacks or anxiety attacks. Therefore, anxiety disorder is not something that should be tolerated. People with this disorder must be given immediate help and medical attention.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Are you worried that you are or a loved one is suffering from anxiety disorder? Below are the signs and symptoms that will help you know if an individual has the disorder.
- Fear of impending doom
- Feeling like you are going crazy
- Being easily startled
- Trouble concentrating
- Inability to rest
- Sleep problems
- Churning stomach
- Heart palpitations
- Backaches and headaches
Correlation of Anxiety Disorder and Substance Abuse
Dealing with anxiety can be challenging for anyone, so some people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of trying to self-medicate and alleviate the symptoms they feel. A study published in the medical journal Psychiatric Services showed that out of 326 patients with substance abuse disorder, 48% percent had significant anxiety. Experts believe that people suffering from anxiety use drugs and/or alcohol as a way to escape. However, these substances can end up having the opposite effect and increase feelings of anxiety instead.
Treatment of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder treatment at Crossroads provides comprehensive care that empowers clients to take control of their health and well-being and make the most of each day in recovery. Crossroads also offers customized dual diagnosis treatment in which a client’s addiction and anxiety can be treated simultaneously. The clinical team is trained to treat both substance use and mental health disorders, providing the comprehensive support women and men need for effective recovery.
All of our clients undergo a thorough assessment upon arrival to evaluate their current health and well-being, and identify any mental health disorders that may be present in addition to substance use disorders. This allows clients to partner with their care team to create a personalized treatment plan and select the appropriate treatment program that addresses their individual needs.
At Crossroads, treating anxiety is incorporated into daily counseling and therapy sessions, as well as the wellness services and recreational activities clients participate in. Throughout the treatment, clients learn how addiction and anxiety affect one another and develop personalized approaches for dealing with challenges. Clients at Crossroads may engage in any combination of:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy and programs
- Relationship building activities
- 12-Step work
- Wellness services
- Recreational activities
- Complementary therapy
Don’t let anxiety disorder have control over your life. Contact us at Crossroads if you wish to receive anxiety disorder treatment or if you know someone who might need it.