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Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Treatment at Promises

Anxiety can feel like it has an unbreakable hold on your life. We want you to know that life can be better. Our mental health experts will help you manage anxiety and co-occurring disorders. You’ll also develop more effective ways to cope.

Some Promises locations treat anxiety as a primary diagnosis (without substance abuse). Others offer inpatient anxiety treatment when anxiety goes along with substance abuse.

Inpatient anxiety treatment typically includes:

Assessment – You’ll receive assessments to help confirm or revise any previous diagnoses. These assessments ensure we understand your most pressing issues. For example, many people enter treatment for drug or alcohol abuse and discover they also have anxiety.

Medical detox – If you’re struggling with substance abuse and anxiety, you may need drug or alcohol detox. Our medical team will help you safely remove substances from your body. Without uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, you’ll be better able to focus on anxiety treatment.

Psychiatric care – You’ll meet with your psychiatric team to monitor your mental health symptoms. We’ll educate you about any anxiety medications and adjust medications as needed.

Research-based therapies – Inpatient anxiety treatment includes therapies proven effective in treating anxiety. Treatment options may include mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders and substance abuse. CBT helps you examine unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and try healthier ones. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with panic disorder learn that their physical symptoms are not heart attacks at all. It can help people with social phobia overcome the belief that others are constantly sitting in judgment.

Dual diagnosis treatment – If you have co-occurring disorders, we’ll diagnose and treat these along with your anxiety. Past trauma can contribute to anxiety and other behavioral health issues. We use traditional and alternative approaches. We also offer trauma therapies to get to the root causes of your conditions.

Aftercare – There’s still work to do after you leave residential anxiety treatment. We’ll make sure you continue improving by creating a thorough aftercare plan. We’ll connect you with mental health professionals who specialize in anxiety. We’ll also help you find support groups and addiction recovery resources.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There’s a difference between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder. It’s normal to feel anxious now and then. People with anxiety disorders have such powerful and frequent feelings of fear and worry that they interfere with daily life. They may withdraw from relationships and social gatherings. People with anxiety disorders may experience such dread that they stay home from work or school.

The major types of anxiety disorder are:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – People with GAD have relentless, anxious thoughts most days. Their minds often jump to the worst-case scenario, even when there’s little or no reason for concern. Even though they realize their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants, they can’t seem to shake their worries. People with generalized anxiety disorder:

  • Have trouble relaxing
  • Startle easily
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Ruminate about health, family, money or work
  • Struggle falling asleep or staying asleep difficult

Generalized anxiety symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tension (clenching jaw, balling fists)
  • Difficulty talking
  • Trembling
  • Irritability
  • Profuse sweating
  • Indigestion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Using the bathroom frequently
  • Feeling out of breath
  • Hot flashes

Panic disorder – People with panic disorder have intense, sudden feelings of fear or being out of control. The symptoms of a panic attack can bubble up anywhere, at any time. They often strike for no clear reason. A key indicator of panic disorder is living in fear of having future panic attacks.

Social anxiety disorder – This anxiety disorder involves constant worrying about embarrassing oneself in everyday social situations. People with social anxiety disorder believe others are judging their every word. They may avoid social situations where they’ll have to speak to others out of fear of ridicule.

Specific phobias – People with specific phobias suffer from intense fears of situations or objects. For example, they may fear flying or elevators. Even though they know there is little or no actual danger, they feel powerless to control their feelings. Different types of specific phobias include a fear of:

  • Dogs
  • Snakes
  • Going over bridges or through tunnels
  • Taking public transportation
  • Heights
  • Water
  • Being injured
  • Seeing blood

If you have an anxiety disorder, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the nation’s most common mental illness. Anxiety affects 40 million adults. Approximately one in six people suffers from an anxiety disorder at any given time. Unfortunately, only about one-third of those with an anxiety disorder receive treatment. That includes outpatient therapy and inpatient anxiety treatment centers.

What Causes Anxiety Disorders?

Mental health disorders like anxiety have both environmental and biological components. You may be prone to anxiety due to genetics and the way your brain produces chemicals. Life experiences like exposure to trauma also contribute to anxiety disorders. Genetics plays a part in about 30% to 40% of anxiety disorders. Women are more likely than men to suffer from the condition.

Anxiety researchers developed an ABC Model for understanding anxiety disorders. The ABC Model explains how alarms, beliefs and coping strategies interact in anxiety:

Alarms (A) – This is how you physically react to a stressful situation. It’s how the brain sends signals to the body about the perceived danger.

Beliefs (B) – You react to stress based on how your body processes sensory input. Other factors include previous stressful experiences and your cultural and social background. People with anxiety disorders tend to be hypersensitive. They live in a heightened state of awareness that makes them exaggerate danger or threat. This can cloud their judgement and decision-making ability.

Coping strategies (C) – Thoughts or behaviors aimed at helping you reduce stressors are coping strategies. These are often unhealthy or dysfunctional in people with anxiety disorders.

People who don’t have anxiety disorders still experience the ABC’s of anxiety. The difference is they have more adaptive responses. They still feel stressed or afraid, but are better able to deal with anxiety. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may try to self-medicate stress with:

  • Alcohol or other drugs
  • Overeating
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Assuming the worst-case scenario
  • Isolating

Anxiety and Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety disorders often occur along with alcohol or drug abuse. People suffering from unmanageable emotions often turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Each condition worsens the other. Anxiety can lead to more substance abuse. Likewise, drugs and alcohol can cause brain changes that contribute to anxiety symptoms.

Depression also co-occurs with anxiety. Some research shows more than 50% of people with anxiety also struggle with depression. Depression symptoms are especially common in people with:

  • Social anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Eating disorders are also common co-occurring disorders in people with anxiety. One study found 65% of women participants with bulimia or anorexia also met diagnostic criteria for at least one type of anxiety disorder. Over 70% had the anxiety disorder before developing an eating disorder.

Why Inpatient Anxiety Treatment Works

Is anxiety getting in the way of everyday life? Are you abusing drugs or alcohol to cope? A stay in a residential anxiety rehab center can provide the comprehensive care you need to get better. Inpatient anxiety treatment centers offer:

  • Space away from everyday stressors
  • Time to address the underlying issues that drive mental health disorders
  • Around-the-clock access to a team of mental health professionals
  • Therapies that help alleviate anxiety and build healthy coping skills
  • Resiliency so you have a strong foundation in recovery when you leave residential treatment

Take Back Your Life

We know how overwhelming anxiety feels. We also know it’s possible to recover from mental health disorders and co-occurring addictions. Call us to learn how we can help you take your life back: 844-876-5568

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