Anxiety and Substance Abuse
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines ‘anxiety disorder’ as a set of specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry. The anxiety disorder umbrella includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder that may include panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, and more. Approximately 40 million U.S. adults are affected by anxiety disorders in some form with only 1/3 reportedly seeking treatment.
Decades of psychiatric research shows that anxiety disorders and substance use disorders co-occur at greater rates than either separately. It is suggested that oftentimes, the two go hand-in-hand. The NCBI reports: “The presence of an anxiety or substance use disorder is also a risk factor for the presence of the other disorder, as shown in both epidemiological and clinical samples”
Commonly Shared Anxiety Disorder Symptoms:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Inability to calm down
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Tense muscles
Substance abuse, both alcohol or drug abuse, can exacerbate anxiety disorder symptoms and vice versa. This makes for a vicious cycle that oftentimes requires professional help to treat.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse in Panama City Beach
Our Florida rehab facility, JourneyPure Emerald Coast, is experienced in treating dual-diagnosis clients. This means that we not only treat the anxiety disorder or only the substance abuse, but we treat both of them simultaneously giving our patients the greatest chance for success. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety disorder due to drug or alcohol abuse, we can help. If you are self-medicating with substances due to your anxiety disorder, we can help with that too. Because the two are often so intertwined, it may be tough to decipher which is which. Contact our admissions department to learn more about what substance abuse and anxiety disorder treatment at JourneyPure Emerald Coast may look like. We will be happy to walk you through our treatment modalities and help you find success in through an individualized treatment plan.