An Overview of Anxiety

Anxiety and addiction often go hand in hand as individuals who suffer from anxiety often seek to self-medicate through substance abuse. Nearly 40% of individuals with panic disorder suffer from alcoholism and nearly 20% of individuals with panic disorder suffer from substance abuse (source).

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.

The Subcategories of Anxiety

  • Generalized anxiety disorder: Sufferer endures numerous anxiety symptoms as a result of fears that are often psychosomatic as opposed to rooted in reality.
  • 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. Each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan moving forward. 

Our Treatment Programs

  • We offer detoxification, as needed, for all of our clients at our Rio Home. With round-the-clock management, our detox home is safe and comfortable. 
  • With individualized treatment programs for each of our clients, our primary treatment program is extremely effective. 
  • Our intensive outpatient program is for local residents or clients who would like to continue their treatment program while living at a sober living facility. 
  • With a newly implemented alumni extended aftercare program, our clients are a part of a wonderful sober community.

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