Stressing about a project at work or worrying about an upcoming event are things we’ve all done. It’s normal to be nervous or anxious about something exciting or unknown, and in fact, anxiety is a natural reaction to stress. In manageable doses, anxiety can increase our focus and let us know of potential danger. However, if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, your reactions to everyday situations can be magnified into something much more excessive.
At Oceanfront Recovery, we know that dealing with an anxiety disorder is difficult. In some cases, the methods you use to deal with these often crippling fears may lead to substance abuse and addiction. Our experienced therapists in our anxiety treatment program utilize various treatment modalities to help you overcome your fears and fight your addiction. Our dual diagnosis treatment program is specially designed to help those struggling with mental health concerns (like anxiety) and substance use disorder.
What Is an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health issues, affecting nearly 30 percent of adults at some time in their lives. Anxiety can result from fear or anticipation and may cause you to avoid situations where your symptoms may be triggered or made worse. While normal anxiety – the “fight or flight” reaction activated in your nervous system in response to a perceived threat – can be beneficial, anxiety disorders can hurt your job or school performance, as well as your personal relationships. To be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, your symptoms of anxiety or fear must be disproportionate to the situation, inappropriate for your age, and negatively affect your ability to function normally. These instances of disproportionate anxiety are addressed through the anxiety treatment program in Laguna Beach, California.
Anxiety disorder alongside substance abuse requires help from experts at Oceanfront Recovery’s dual diagnosis treatment center in California. Our intake specialists will help guide you or your loved one to the best treatment programs for your situation. It’s common for a mental health concern like anxiety to provoke a substance use disorder.
Often, individuals will be unaware they are dealing with an anxiety disorder. They will be aware that they are in discomfort, and self-medicating with alcohol or drugs seems to relieve their distress. Unfortunately, this only masks the issue allowing it to worsen while also putting the individual at greater risk of developing an addiction. Similarly, individuals with a substance use disorder are at a much higher risk of developing a mental health concern. Their body and brain chemistry are altered, making them more susceptible. Our dual diagnosis treatment program is designed to address both issues simultaneously, allowing individuals to heal more fully. Aside from treating anxiety disorders, our mental health programs also include:
- ADHD treatment
- Bipolar disorder treatment
- Depression treatment
- OCD treatment
- PTSD treatment
- Schizophrenia treatment
- Seasonal affective disorder treatment
Types of Anxiety Disorders Benefiting from the Anxiety Treatment Program
There are various kinds of anxiety disorders, including (but not limited to):
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – this type of disorder involves excessive worry and tension. Your worries may be about everyday things – responsibilities at home or work, family members, or other minor issues. Still, those worries are persistent and may interfere with your daily ability to function normally. Physical symptoms often include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, feeling “edgy” or restless, and difficulty concentrating.
- Panic Disorder – marked by recurring panic attacks, people with panic disorder experience both psychological and physical reactions that can be severe and overwhelming. Some of the symptoms experienced during a panic attack may cause you to feel like having a heart attack or other medical emergency – elevated heart rate or chest pain, shortness of breath, shaking or sweating, dizziness and nausea, to name a few.
- Specific Phobia – If your anxiety disorder focuses on a particular phobia, that means that you have a persistent, excessive fear of something that is generally not considered dangerous or harmful. You may understand that your fear is excessive but cannot overcome it and often go to extreme lengths to avoid whatever it is you fear. Common phobias include spiders, snakes, flying, or clowns.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – This disorder centers on social interactions and is characterized by worry that you will be awkward, humiliated, embarrassed, looked down on, or rejected in social situations. Some people avoid these situations entirely but are forced to attend or interact, endure them with a great deal of stress.
While the exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown, researchers believe they result from a combination of several factors, including genetic, developmental, psychological, and environmental. They can run in families and may occur in conjunction with another mental illness. In some cases, people with anxiety disorders turn to alcohol or other substances to help quell their symptoms. They end up in a vicious circle of addiction, requiring help from an anxiety treatment program.
Discover How Oceanfront Recovery Can Help
If you or a loved one needs help managing your anxiety and conquering your addiction, contact Oceanfront Recovery today and speak confidentially with one of our experienced intake specialists. Take the first step to recovery. Reach out for help by calling (877) 279-1777.