Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness among adults in the United States, yet only a small percentage of the 40 million people who suffer receive treatment. Anxiety is a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks. People who experience this intense nervous reaction often develop intrusive thoughts and are likely to avoid certain situations or environments out of extreme worry. Those who struggle with this explosive nervous condition tend to find ways to self-medicate to relieve the symptoms caused by anxiety.
When people choose to self-medicate instead of medicating in consultation with an expert, they will usually take addictive drugs or alcohol to relieve the conditions temporarily caused by a disorder. Unfortunately, this act has a high risk of turning into a substance abuse problem or a co-occurring disorder. Therefore, dual diagnosis treatment is recommended for those experiencing co-occurring disorders.
If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety and addiction, you get the tools you need to overcome these co-occurring disorders at Sunflower Wellness Retreat’s dual diagnosis treatment program. The treatment plans we provide at Sunflower Wellness address mental health issues and substance use disorders simultaneously. In doing so, better equip individuals struggling with these conditions to achieve genuine, long-term recovery. Reach out today online or by calling 855.730.8825 to find out more about the dual diagnosis treatment at Sunflower Wellness Retreat located in Osawatomie, Kansas by calling 855.730.8825.
Anxiety and Addiction
When an individual uses excessive amounts of drugs or alcohol, it changes serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters in the brain, which can induce anxiety. For those already struggling with an anxiety disorder and using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate, this substance-induced anxiety will only worsen their already existing anxiety disorder. This cycle can have severe effects on the struggling individual.
Alcohol, for instance, can suppress uneasy feelings that accompany an anxiety disorder. However, when the effects of alcohol wear off and the withdrawal symptoms kick in, the uncomfortable feelings have returned and worsened, which can cause the individual to revert to alcohol to suppress the returned feelings of anxiety.
Using alcohol and other substances to suppress anxiety symptoms in the long term can be detrimental to physical and mental health. Dual diagnosis treatment is necessary when dealing with co-occurring disorders; as the root of the disorder is treated, so are the compulsive behaviors that have come along with it. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, our campus is located on 12 acres of Kansas countryside, providing a peaceful environment for our clients to recover and receive dual diagnosis treatment from the powerful effects of anxiety and addiction.
Helping a Person with Co-Occurring Disorders
The first step in helping someone struggling with anxiety and addiction is to notice some key warning signs. Some of these signs include:
- Experiencing anxiety that occurs most days of the week or for months at a time
- A decline in quality of life that affects relationships, work performance, and social interactions as a result of anxiety
- Compulsive use of drugs and alcohol to manage anxiety symptoms
- Strong physical response to non-threatening situations (rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, etc.)
Achieve Long-Term Recovery at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
Our dual diagnosis treatment program is designed for long-term recovery. Co-occurring disorders need to be addressed simultaneously to equip the person with the correct tools to cope and prevent relapse. Anxiety and addiction can take many different forms, which is why we offer a wide range of treatment modalities. To this end, we offer specialized treatment for many mental health concerns, including but not limited to:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Bipolar disorder
When you are ready to get started, the Sunflower Wellness Retreat admissions team will help you take the first steps on the path to better living. Reach out to us online today or call us at 855.730.8825 to learn more.