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Anxiety and Drug Addiction

January 12, 2012

One of the most common co-occurring disorders that we see is anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders come in many forms: panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress syndrome, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.

What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal feeling. From time to time, everyone experiences some level of anxiety no matter how calm or relaxed they are in general. Financial stress? Fighting with your spouse? Car trouble? Your kids having trouble at school? Anxiety is a normal and natural reaction.

But for some people, anxiety comes without an obvious stressor. Sometimes the level of anxiety can be continuous or above and beyond the intensity of the issue at hand, so much so that normal life stops completely. This is generally a sign of an anxiety disorder. Each anxiety disorder has its own symptoms and characteristics. A dual diagnosis drug rehab facility can help no matter which anxiety disorder you suffer from.

How Does Anxiety Affect Addiction?
Many people who suffer from anxiety disorders turn to drugs and alcohol to self medicate. They may want to forget, “turn off their brain”, or just use something to make them sleep. This can lead to abuse and addiction of drugs and alcohol.

With proper treatment, you can often find relief from your anxiety and learn new ways to manage it when it does occur. This can help you stop abusing substances and improve your overall quality of life.

At Serenity Acres, we use many techniques for managing and controlling anxiety. These techniques range from meditation, physical activity, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and many more. When you leave Serenity Acres, you have many ways to manage your anxiety disorder in a healthy way. Our goal is to not only get you off of drugs and alcohol, but also to improve the overall quality of your life in every aspect.

If you have questions about anxiety and addiction, please call an experienced member of our team at 800-335-7440. We are here to help!

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