Anxiety Symptoms & Treatment
Dual-diagnosis is a medical term used to describe an individual having two conditions at the same time. In the case of drug abuse and anxiety, the conditions can interact and worsen one another as using substances can result in drug-induced anxiety (also called substance-induced anxiety.)
Understanding the Challenges of Anxiety
About 40 million Americans – 18 percent of U.S. adults – exhibit anxiety symptoms in any given year. Anxiety manifests in many ways: It can be associated with very specific situations, like social anxiety, or it can present as generalized anxiety.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
Persistent unease and distress, as if one is being “hunted” or attacked;
Racing thoughts about threatening situations, which reduce concentration;
Sleep disturbances, including difficulty falling or staying asleep or nightmares;
Physical symptoms that can include fatigue, muscle tension and panic attacks.
A panic attack is a dramatic physical reaction to anxiety-provoking stimuli. It often includes a pounding heart, hyperventilating, sweating and other acute symptoms. However, many people have severe anxiety disorders that never, or almost never, result in panic.
Substance Abuse as a Coping Mechanism
When anxiety goes untreated, many sufferers are tempted to “self-medicate” through substance abuse. In San Diego, drugs like MDMA and ecstasy are frequently used, but so are alcohol and cannabis. A substance doesn't have to be illegal to be a dangerous coping mechanism!
Sometimes, anxiety sufferers feel they’ve attained temporary relief through substance abuse. For example, some substances might briefly reduce the physical “tightness” and pain of anxiety. However, substances erode the sufferer’s ability to cope in a healthy way.
Self-medicating can cause risky behaviors, including drug-seeking, potentially leading to injury, illness or death. When substances are used to cope, the likelihood of a drug-induced anxiety disorder grows.
Effective Dual-Diagnosis Treatment for Anxiety Sufferers at Affinity Treatment Centers
At Affinity Treatment Centers, we recognize the hardships anxiety sufferers face. During treatment, our residents receive respectful, customized 24-hour care. We tailor your treatment plan to your individual needs.
Our treatment modalities include:
Large- and small-group sessions: Group sessions help anxiety sufferers connect with others who understand their situation. It’s important to know you’re not alone!
One-on-one psychotherapy: One-on-one counseling helps residents express themselves in a safe environment. This can help them get to the root of their anxiety.
Medication management: Effective drug therapy requires the right medications at the right dosages. Affinity manages dosing and schedules on residents’ behalf.
Some alternative treatments include:
Cognitive therapy: Cognitive therapy focuses on providing healthy new coping mechanisms for anxiety-provoking situations. These skills serve residents for the rest of their lives.
Christian spiritual counseling: A sense of connection with something greater helps many people put anxiety into a different perspective.
For more information, contact Affinity Treatment Centers today.