Anxiety in Conjunction With Addiction

Disorders like anxiety often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and anxiety to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Anxiety

Anxiety is a persistent feeling of fear, apprehension or concern that goes beyond normal worries such as concern for a loved one, nervousness about a pending interview or test, or anticipation of a big change. Chronic or problematic anxiety can disrupt sleep as well as cause physical reactions such as heart palpitations, nausea, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, stomach pains, headache, dizziness and more. Anxiety can have a serious impact on daily life and manifest itself in a variety of way, causing the sufferer to develop other disorders in the attempt to self medicate or cope.

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety can manifest for a number of reasons:

Generalized anxiety disorder is where the sufferer endures numerous anxiety symptoms as a result of fears that are often psychosomatic than real.

Phobic Disorder: Individuals sometimes experience irrational fears that cause generalized anxiety and panic attacks. Such phobias could include a fear of insects, open spaces, flying, heights, socializing, spiders and open or closed spaces among others.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: People with this condition suffer from intrusive and upsetting thoughts or obsessions and sometimes engages in compulsive behaviors. For example, the individual might have an obsessive fear of germs and wash their hands over and over again, refuse to shake hands with others or avoid touching doorknobs, rails or public phones.

Separation Anxiety Disorder: Often considered a disorder unique to children, who become excessively fearful in response to the anticipation of being separated from one or more of their caregivers, adults can suffer from separation anxiety, as well.

Stress Disorder: Financial difficulties, demands at work, troubles with interpersonal relationships such as marriage or friendship, natural disasters and stress from emotional trauma of being victimized by a crime such as physical or sexual abuse can all cause anxiety.

Withdrawal: detoxing from an addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause anxiety.

Treatment of anxiety in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.