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Living with anxiety increases an individual’s likelihood of substance abuse or addiction. More people suffer from anxiety disorders than any other mental illness in America. Though some look to self-medication to deal with symptoms of anxiety, it’s often a devastating option.
Proper dual diagnosis treatment explicitly targets the deeply rooted issues with anxiety and addiction. To better understand anxiety and addiction, it’s beneficial to classify one’s specific signs and symptoms.
Most people encounter feelings of anxiety throughout life. Anxiousness can occur when facing issues at work, making important decisions, or other stressful activities. Occasional anxiety is a part of most people’s lives, but someone with an anxiety disorder may experience more intense symptoms.
Anxiety and addiction sometimes go hand in hand. Someone experiencing high levels of anxiety may turn to unhealthy coping strategies. These harmful mechanisms often make the disorder worse and, in turn, create worse symptoms.
Living with anxiety day to day can interfere with many aspects of a person’s life. Symptoms can impede school work, relationships, and job performance. Understanding anxiety may help alleviate or reduce the symptoms’ intensity, especially since there are several types of anxiety disorders.Reach Out Today
Each anxiety disorder has unique characteristics and symptoms. Contrary to occasional anxiety, someone with a specific disorder experiences anxiety concurrently, and it often gets worse over time. Some classifications of anxiety even require a dual diagnosis in the treatment process.
Disorders such as anxiety have common signs and symptoms, but it is essential to remember that each person experiences them differently. Though each person with anxiety has a unique experience, there are still critical signs that are a clear warning of a disorder.
Anxiety disorder diagnoses conventionally occur when an individual experiences some of those symptoms most days of the week for at least six months. With that being said, people should not wait to seek the help of a professional.
Individuals with anxiety are much more likely to fall into addiction or substance abuse. Anxiety disorders lead to higher alcohol use rates and an increased chance of relapse post alcohol rehabilitation. Studies also show that individuals with anxiety and addiction undergo more severe withdrawal symptoms once ending drug or alcohol use.
Concurring drug or alcohol use and a diagnosed anxiety disorder are co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis. There are several reasons why an anxiety disorder is capable of trending an individual toward addiction.
Here are a few reasons:
In general, a dual diagnosis is when an individual experiences more than one disorder. As mentioned previously, co-occurring disorders and dual diagnoses are interchangeable terms. Other terms used to describe a combination of disorders are comorbid disorder or comorbidity. Regardless of the term, mental illness can dismantle someone’s life, and symptoms often appear late in the process.
Dual diagnosis treatment is complex. Substance abuse combined with mental illness is often a knot that needs gentle but precise untangling. Rock Recovery strives to provide solutions for those living with anxiety and addiction.
For those in need of a more intense rehab program, Rock Recovery offers a partial hospitalization program. When in recovery, assuming a successful medical detox has taken place, patients often attend a short-term inpatient treatment program. Sometimes in-patient treatment is enough, but unfortunately, some continue the life they lived pre-treatment once they return home.
PHP for dual-diagnosis does not merely make sure patients remain sober. Our PHP targets each patient’s psychological health issues and works to address them. Patients are at a disadvantage when undergoing treatment but ignoring their mental health issues. To correctly treat anxiety and addiction simultaneously, Rock Recovery focuses on the best route to building a strong foundation of mental health.
In some patient’s situations, an intensive outpatient program, or IOP, is necessary. IOPs allow patients to undergo treatment while continuing with responsibilities outside of their treatment. No two situations are the same, and some programs fit some patients better. For someone needing 24/7 monitoring, this may not be the right program.
Patients who need to return home every night to continue work, school, or parenting, benefit from an IOP. At Rock Recovery, our intensive outpatient program generally consists of nine to 20 hours of therapy each week, including both individual therapy and group therapy. IOPs are similar to a standard outpatient program, but IOPs offer patients a more hands-on treatment approach.
Designed for less severe addiction cases, our outpatient program is more flexible and less restrictive than other programs. Treatment is only limited to about six to nine hours a week. Outpatient programs are beneficial for those who need to continue a full-time job or need to take care of a child full time.
Since patients have different situations, Rock Recovery tries to cater to any circumstance. Even with the flexibility, we still make sure patients have access to many resources. These resources include individualized therapy, drug abuse education, support groups, and more.
If a classroom-based treatment experience fails to yield success for our patients, we offer adventure therapy. Adventure therapy provides a break from a tedious recovery plan based inside. Getting outdoors while maintaining a structured environment, adventure therapy is not the average treatment experience.
Adventure therapy includes several activities aimed toward using life experiences and action to generate healthy problem-solving skills. This type of holistic therapy proves useful for several people, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Our traditional rehab program is anything but ordinary. The programs we offer are well researched and proven to bring success to patients suffering from various addictions and mental health disorders.
Rock Recovery offers an experienced team that ensures that patients receive individualized treatment. We focus on each patient and use proven strategies to support and address their specific issues.Give Us a Call Today! 866-907-1778
Living with anxiety day-to-day is detrimental to many people’s lives. At Rock Recovery, we understand people’s differences and strive to provide care for each situation. The road to recovery is long, and there is no simple solution. Our treatment plans, though, can improve or even save lives. If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety and addiction, please contact us today.Contact Us
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