About 19% of adults in the U.S. suffer from one form of anxiety. Clinical anxiety isn’t the normal reaction people experience when they face dangerous or stressful situations. It’s marked by unending and unfounded fears that hinder normal activities at work and home. Such fears also prevent anxiety sufferers from participating in social activities.
While trying to cope with the effects of anxiety, many people develop a substance use disorder. People with clinical anxiety have a higher chance of suffering from drug and alcohol use disorder than the rest of the population. Self-medicating usually leads to an aggravation of anxiety — drugs and alcohol make anxiety symptoms worse, which leads to an urge to use more substances to feel normal. Eventually, this leads to addiction.
Researchers are still investigating the causes of anxiety, but in most cases, anxiety disorder develops because of these factors:
Substance misuse occurs more frequently in people with anxiety disorders than other members of the population. For instance, anxiety disorders can extend the length of alcohol use disorder and trigger relapse after drug rehab. People with anxiety may also have stronger withdrawal symptoms when they no longer use drugs or alcohol.
When substance use disorder exists along with anxiety disorder or any other type of mental illness, it’s called a co-occurring disorder. At Gateway, we specialize in treating co-occurring disorders because we know substance use disorder seldom occurs in isolation.
Here are some tips for talking to someone about anxiety disorder and substance use disorder, so you can help them get effective treatment:
While anxiety is a common mental health issue for many people, it is successfully treated with a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for example, is one of the treatments used at our anxiety treatment center. With this therapy, you learn other ways to think, react and behave in anxiety-causing situations. You also learn social skills that can help you improve your social interactions and decrease your anxiety. Our therapists deliver this type of therapy in both individual and group sessions, where you also learn from others in a similar situation.
At Gateway Foundation’s anxiety treatment program, your mental, emotional, and physical health is our primary concern. For this reason, we also offer Dual Diagnosis Treatment to address any co-occurring mental health disorders you might be experiencing at the same time you seek help for your addiction. The goal of this treatment is to get to the cause of your addictions and to prevent the risk of relapse that is often higher when there is a mental health disorder. At our mental health treatment centers Illinois, you find support and build up your strength to face the stress of daily life.
If you or your loved one needs treatment for anxiety disorder and drug use, please call our anxiety and OCD treatment center today at 877–381–5638. You can also send us an instant message through our contact page.
We’ve been offering effective treatment for substance misuse, anxiety disorders and other mental health issues for over 50 years in the Illinois area. Come over to Gateway to receive high-quality, compassionate, caring, friendly, non-judgmental and life-saving anxiety treatment in Chicago, IL, that works.