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a man struggles and needs an anxiety treatment centerAlthough generalized anxiety is a subtype, feeling anxiety is usually a symptom rather than a disorder on its own. People with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) are particularly at risk, although most mood disorders also feature anxiety.

Panic disorder and social anxiety are the two main conditions that feature anxiety most prominently. It is common for addicts to experience anxiety related to their behaviors, so talking to a psychiatrist and assessing whether dual diagnosis treatment is appropriate is recommended. Our anxiety treatment center at New Start Recovery is part of our larger mental health treatment program for those struggling with addiction.

When Does Anxiety Become a Disorder?

According to the National Institute on Mental Health, anxiety disorders are more than transient worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and gets worse over time. The abnormal persistence of this anxiety is what differentiates normal human reactions to life and a diagnosable mood disorder. When these feelings interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships, it might be time to see a professional. This is particularly true when anxiety fuels a drug addiction.

The Physical and Mental Symptoms of Anxiety

If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, it is important most of all to remember that only a licensed psychiatrist can make an official diagnosis. Since New Start Recovery firmly believes in getting those struggling with a substance use disorder and mental health concern the dual diagnosis treatment they need, we partner with a local psychiatric group to offer clients professional psychological evaluations. Getting addiction treatment and appropriate medications simultaneously could be the 180-degree turn you or your loved one needs to start their recovery.

Anxiety takes both a physical and emotional toll on individuals. Some common physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Insomnia
  • Uncontrollable fidgeting
  • Dry mouth
  • Cold, numb, or tingling extremities
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Dizziness
At the same time, individuals also find themselves struggling with various emotional symptoms as well like:
  • Irritability
  • Intense worrying
  • Trouble focusing
  • Panics easily
  • Excessive fear
  • Excessive worry
  • Inability to concentrate
Combining these two stressors often leads individuals to abuse drugs or alcohol in a vain attempt to self-medicate. Unfortunately, this greatly increases the risk of dependency while doing nothing to address the underlying anxiety disorder. Our dual diagnosis treatment looks to address both anxiety and substance use disorder simultaneously so individuals can heal more completely.
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Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic disorder is a severe form of anxiety where the fear sends the body into a defensive state of emergency. Real panic attacks are not just people being overdramatic or seeking attention. Similar to how seizures take over the body unwillingly, panic attacks are debilitating and cause the person’s mind to race rapidly out of control. Physical symptoms of panic attacks include heart racing, sweating, nausea, hyperactive breathing, and other pains/involuntary movements.
  • Social anxiety is an overwhelming fear of interaction with other people. This is not just a casual “I don’t want to” feeling. It’s a fear that’s paralyzing and creates physical symptoms of sickness. People with social anxiety are more likely to isolate, so their substance abuse may fly under the radar.
  • Anxiety is a symptom of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  • Almost all individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience anxiety.

Learn How New Start Recovery’s Anxiety Treatment Center Can Help

Here at New Start Recovery, we understand that addiction is a complicated disease that often involves treating some mental health concerns like anxiety. Our addiction treatment programs are designed to help those struggling with mental health issues and addiction heal. Discover how we can help you today by calling 833.433.0448.