Anxiety treatment centers can be an important tool in addiction treatment. Addiction is a problem that rarely exists alone. According to the American Medical Association, 37 percent of alcohol abusers, and 53 percent of drug abusers are also suffering from at least one mental health issue, such as anxiety, that is an underlying and untreated factor in their addiction.
Dual diagnosis, which is the existence of an addiction along with a psychological or mood disorder, has become a common occurrence in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs and is especially prevalent in women suffering addiction.
Anxiety is one of the most common mood disorders that women are found to suffer from along with an addiction. Anxiety can often be an underlying cause of addiction or a symptom of addiction that must be treated in order to overcome a person’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. That is why some facilities have anxiety treatment centers within their addiction treatment centers.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 40 million people over the age of 18 in America suffer from an anxiety disorder. The NIMH also states that anxiety disorders commonly occur with another mental or physical illness, such as addiction, and that the disorder can mask and contribute to each other’s symptoms so it is important to treat them both together.
There are several disorders that may be treated by anxiety treatment centers. These anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – A person suffering from GAD is diagnosed when they experience high levels of anxiety over normal everyday events for 6 months or more. One suffering from GAD will generally over-worry about finances, relationships, health or work issues.
- Panic disorder – Those with panic disorder suffer from “panic attacks”. These attacks generally involve numbness, increased heartbeat, chest pain, and extreme fear.
- Phobias – A phobia is an irrational fear of a specific thing. It may be a fear of heights, flying, dogs, enclosed places or any other number of things.
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is caused when a person experiences an incredibly traumatic experience and can not shake the panic and fear brought on by the experience. Those who suffer from PTSD will suffer from flashbacks, nightmares and general panic.
- Social anxiety disorder – Social anxiety disorder is sometimes called social phobia. Those who suffer from social phobias have an extreme fear of suffering embarrassment amongst others. Nervousness, sweating, blushing and nausea may be physical symptoms.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) – OCD causes a person to feel a strong need to perform certain actions based on an obsession to the point that it affects their lives. A person with OCD may check their locks repeatedly, wash their hands over and over or obsess over order or placement of things.
Medications and psychotherapy can be used by anxiety treatment centers to help with any of these types of anxiety disorders. Destination Hope recognizes that it can be especially hard for someone who is suffering from an anxiety disorder and an addiction at the same time and the importance of treating both. That is why they offer treatment for anxiety in conjunction with addiction treatment to those who are in need of both.
For those who suffer from anxiety disorders and addiction, the help of an anxiety treatment center can make all the difference that they need in the recovery process.