Create a Calm and Contented Life Free from Drugs and Alcohol
Anxiety is debilitating. The feelings of fear, overwhelm and dread that accompany anxiety make life a frightening place. If you or a loved one struggles with anxiety, you may have started using drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate and allow you to function. Unfortunately, at some point, you lost control and the cycle of addiction began adding to your anxiety yet you can’t seem to stop. Take heart; Casa Capri can help you stop the cycle. Our accredited programs offer young women a proven path to a life free of anxiety and addiction and full hope, peace and true happiness.
The rehab center for patients with anxiety at Casa Capri is a lifeline for women dealing with anxiety and substance abuse. Our expert all-female staff and safe, nurturing environment are here to support you as you heal from both addiction and anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most common and treatable co-occurring conditions that women face on their road to recovery. We’ve helped hundreds of clients find deep peace and happy sobriety and we can help you too. Call us now at 855-816-8826.
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Casa Capri’s passionate, professional staff of doctors, therapists and counselors combined with our one-of-a-kind addiction treatment programs are what truly set us apart from the many other “cookie cutter” treatment centers. Whether you’re staying in our drug rehab or alcohol rehab, we’ve got the widest variety of treatment modalities around.
Our customizable programs include cognitive behavioral therapy, BioSound therapy, brain mapping, life purpose counseling, massage, yoga, adventure therapy and more. Whatever tools you need, the staff at Casa Capri will deliver them. We promise to do anything and everything to help you heal and give you the very best chance at lasting sobriety. It’s time to get help for substance abuse and end your anxiety for good. Please call us; 855-816-8826. Our kind and helpful intake team is here to take your call day or night, so please don’t wait.
How to Treat Addiction with Underlying Anxiety
Anxiety and substance abuse make the ultimate vicious cycle. People tend to self-medicate or use drugs and alcohol to minimize the symptoms of their condition. However, this relief is temporary at best and leads to long-term damage. Drug abuse hinders the brain’s capacity to fight anxiety without the help of external stimuli. After prolonged use of various substances, addiction installs.
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder?
Although their occurrence and intensity may vary from one person to another, these are the general symptoms of anxiety disorders:
- Sleep disorders
- Incessant worrying
- Dry mouth
- Tense muscles
- Cold and sweaty extremities
Some of these symptoms may be triggered by other conditions and diseases too, so the physician needs to rule them out before giving an anxiety diagnosis. Also, some medicines may cause anxiety, but the effects disappear as soon as the patient stops taking it.
What Are the Signs of Co-Occurring Drug Abuse?
According to one study by Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 20% of the people with an anxiety disorder also develop a substance abuse problem.
Physicians often have a difficult time differentiating between regular drug abuse and a co-occurring disorder. That’s because the most common symptoms of anxiety may be similar to some side effects of alcoholism or drug abuse. The situation becomes even worse when people self-medicate to treat their anxiety. The signs in that situation may be a direct result of medication or a consequence of drug abuse.
When somebody drinks or takes tranquilizers to relax, they won’t be able to recognize that they have a psychiatric condition that can be treated.
What Are the Types of Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes several categories of conditions:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – People with GAD worry or show excessive anxiety for months on end. Some of the most apparent symptoms of GAD are restlessness, sleep issues, and fatigue.
- Panic Disorder – People with panic disorder have frequent, unexpected panic attacks, whose causes cannot be identified. Signs of the panic disorder symptoms include sudden, intense fear and the feeling of being out of control. Those affected by panic disorder tend to avoid the places or situations where they had an attack before and constantly worry about the possibility of having another one.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – Also known as social phobia, this type of anxiety disorder causes a pronounced fear of social interactions. Because the person expects to be judged or rejected, or, on the contrary, is worried not to offend or embarrass others, they prefer to avoid most social interactions. Social anxiety includes symptoms like sweating, blushing or trembling when around people, nausea, and other stomach conditions. This disorder makes people experience acute stress and pushes them to stay away from places where there might be other people. As a result, people with social anxiety disorder have a hard time making and keeping friends.
What Medications Are Used to Treat Anxiety?
Most physicians use antidepressants to treat anxiety disorders. These include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and some tricyclic antidepressants. It doesn’t matter if the person has an anxiety attack or not, these medicines need to be taken daily.
Antihistamines (e.g., hydroxyzine) and beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol) may be of help in minor anxiety attacks. Patients should take these medications only when needed, such as before an anxiety-inducing event.
Anticonvulsant medicines may also be an option as they have been shown to treat different forms of anxiety. But, the research is still very new and requires additional testing.
How Can Therapy Help Manage Anxiety and Substance Abuse?
Psychotherapy has been an active tool to fighting anxiety disorders for decades. Negative emotions usually drive people with anxiety disorders, making them react aggressively to unpleasant situations. A trained psychologist or psychotherapist will be able to detect what type of anxiety disorder the patient has and how to help them.
Here are some of the most effective forms of psychotherapy:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – This type of therapy has two components. The cognitive part helps patients understand how their thoughts feed anxiety symptoms and then what they need to do to alleviate these signs. The behavioral part teaches patients how to behave in anxiety-inducing activities and situations and that their feared outcomes do not happen. Following the same patterns, CBT can help addicts by showing them what destructive thoughts and behaviors they have and how to escape them.
- Motivational Interviewing – This therapy technique uses structured conversations to support addicts in their attempt to rehabilitate. Through such an interview, people may see, for instance, what their current situation is and where they want to get in the future.
- Contingency Management – Addiction counselors use this method to keep patients from relapsing by giving them incentives. For each clean drug test, they receive a reward that may be financial or moral, depending on the plan.
You Can Create a Calm Life for Yourself
People with anxiety often resort to drug use and alcohol consumption to manage their exacerbated emotions, but there is a better way. Look for specialized help and work with someone who can give you the tools you need to control your condition and create a better life for yourself.
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