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What is an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions that cause individuals to have substance use and feel excessive fear and anxiety or worry. Fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived threat, whereas anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat. There are several different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Anxiety is a common symptom of PTSD and OCD, but it’s not considered an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of AUD may include, but aren’t limited to:
What is the Connection Between Anxiety & SUD?
Anxiety disorders and substance use disorders are closely connected. About 20 percent of Americans with anxiety have an alcohol or drug use disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Both mental health conditions can be treated at our recovery centers, but it’s essential to understand the connection between them.
From an emotional standpoint, anxiety disorders can cause people to feel like they need to use a substance in order to cope with their symptoms. This is because drugs and alcohol affect the brain’s dopamine production, making users feel relaxed and happy.
In addition, people who have an anxiety disorder may experience physical symptoms that lead them to engage in substance use behaviors. For example, some people with generalized anxiety disorder may experience muscle tension throughout their bodies, which causes them to seek relief through alcohol or other drugs.
The problem is that when someone has both anxiety and substance use disorders, their brains become dependent on these substances in order to function properly—and without them, they may experience withdrawal symptoms like depression or panic attacks, continuing the cycle of substance use to prevent these unwanted symptoms.
How Do We Treat Anxiety?
At Wise Path Recovery Centers™, we understand the difficulty of living with anxiety disorders and are here to help you on your journey to recovery. Our compassionate team of practitioners is committed to providing personalized treatment plans and the support you need to achieve your goals.
We offer a variety of treatment services, such as:
Individual and group counseling
Family therapy to help you and your loved ones cope with the effects of an anxiety disorder.
Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help you gain insight into and manage your anxiety.