Anxiety Treatment At A Drug Rehab Center
Anxiety's Contribution to Addiction
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that approximately 31.1% of American adults struggle with an anxiety disorder at one point in their lives. For many, anxiety can have a lasting presence in our lives.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, you may feel restless or on edge. This may be noticeable to others if you are having a hard time sitting still or staying in one place. You may feel fatigued. Many individuals have a hard time concentrating. This can be at work or school, but it can also be on simple tasks. Some individuals feel tense or keyed up. This usually affects your muscles. Lastly, you may have noticed changes in your sleep. This can be sleeping more than usual or sleeping less.
There are several different anxiety disorders that individuals experience. These include:
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The most common anxiety disorder would be Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Individuals struggling with this have a lot of worry and anxiety most days for at least six months. They have a hard time controlling the worry they experience.
Another common anxiety disorder is Social Anxiety Disorder. These individuals have fear or anxiety about social situations and worry that they may be criticized by others who are there. They worry that they will embarrass themselves and have the same fears in all social settings. It is understandable how this disorder can have a negative impact on your functioning.
Panic Disorder includes having panic attacks frequently. Panic attacks can include sweating, increased heart rate, shaking, shortness of breath, chest pain, choking sensation, nausea or upset stomach, dizziness, chills or feeling hot, fear of losing control, and a fear of dying. The panic attacks usually lead to worry about future panic attacks or changing your routine to avoid getting a panic attack potentially.
People often use the three disorders mentioned above to describe their experience without knowing the true extent of the disorder. This is partly because of the lack of information they have and the inaccurate descriptions of mental health concerns in the media that we see. Movies and television are designed to be catchy and interesting, which can require misrepresenting mental health disorders.
Individuals who struggle with addiction, can also struggle with anxiety. There are a few ways that this can appear. The first would be that drugs and alcohol are used to mask or cope with anxiety symptoms. As an example, alcohol has depressant qualities and can be used to manage anxiety symptoms. This is where the notion of “liquid courage” comes from; it’s not that the alcohol gives you courage, it suppresses the worry and fears you may be experiencing.
Another way that anxiety and addiction can be with long-term opioid abuse. Prescription medications and heroin can lead to the development of depressive symptoms when used long-term.
Your experience with anxiety and addiction may look different, and that’s okay. Everyone has different backgrounds, brain chemistry, and paths to addiction. No two persons have the same experience, which means that your treatment will look different as well.
Why Go To A Drug Rehab Center For Anxiety Treatment
Living with anxiety can be challenging. Would you believe us if we said that it could be easier? Anxiety treatment centers in Louisville can help you learn to manage your symptoms in a way that can make living with anxiety more manageable.
But how would you know if you should get help for your anxiety? This answer varies from person to person. Some individuals reach out for help because they are uncomfortable with the feeling, and want to learn to cope with their symptoms. Others may choose not to get help when the symptoms begin, and look for help when they start to see that their symptoms negatively impact their work, school, or other areas of their life.
If you are struggling with both an addiction and an anxiety disorder, the first step will be to stop using. This may require you to go to a detox treatment center and a residential treatment program. You will likely start getting some help for your anxiety symptoms while in the residential treatment program. Residential treatment programs can be 30-days, 60-days, and 90-days in length.
Residential treatment programs will have a structured daily routine, including healthy meals, group therapy, individual therapy, alternative therapies, leisure time, and self-help meetings.
Once you have finished the residential treatment program, you should seriously consider attending an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient treatment programs can give you the opportunity to receive support for both concerns.
Anxiety treatment in Louisville can include individual sessions, education about both anxiety and addiction, and possibly medication management. For some, anxiety is the result of brain chemistry that can respond well to medications. For individuals who are struggling with both anxiety and addiction, you will likely be in group sessions with your outpatient program as well.
Outpatient treatment programs start off with frequent sessions and taper down as you progress in your recovery. Even with fewer sessions, you will still receive the same support you got at the beginning of your treatment. You will find that outpatient treatment centers give you a place to come and talk through your challenges and celebrate your successes.
Your counselor should work with you to find a variety of coping skills that are helpful in managing your symptoms. They will take the time to hear your concerns, and validate your experiences. They may encourage you to find more enjoyable activities that you can bring into your daily routine.
Impact Outpatient Program works with most major insurance carriers to help cover the cost of treatment.
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What to Expect in an Anxiety Therapist in Louisville, KY
When you meet with an anxiety therapist in Louisville, KY, you may feel nervous at first. This is a normal response, and your therapist will be understanding. If you have never received treatment for a mental health concern, this is a whole new experience. And since you’re struggling with anxiety, asking for help will likely bring out your symptoms.
Your therapist will meet with you individually, and take time to get to know you and your experiences. They will ask about your anxiety symptoms, if you can cope with them, and any negative impact they have had on your life. There are tools and assessments that they may use to determine the severity of your symptoms.
Your anxiety therapist should be empathetic and supportive and should facilitate a non-judgmental environment. They should take time to explain your treatment options and work with you to develop a treatment plan and goals.
After this initial session, if you choose to continue in outpatient treatment, you will likely come for weekly individual sessions. Depending on your symptoms, you may be able to have more frequent sessions in the beginning until you get to a point where you feel comfortable dropping down to once per week.
Evidence-based practices should guide your sessions, and your therapist will use a variety of behavioral interventions that are proven to work with anxiety disorders.
Impact IOP’s Anxiety Treatment Center Can Help
Impact IOP is a drug rehab that offers anxiety treatment in Louisville, KY. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is ideal for those who struggle with a mild use disorder and those who have just completed an inpatient treatment program. This program can help with the transitions you experience in early recovery.
Our IOP program is typically 15-25 hours of intense group therapy and typically one hour of individual therapy. We only use the best evidence-based practices and are able to tweak our program to reflect personalized care for men and women. We are a fully inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly environment. We are able to adjust your treatment specifically to your needs and will work with you to meet you where you are.
After completing our IOP program, you would then move on to other aspects of our treatment program. Our staff is experienced in working with anxiety disorders and will make sure you receive the mental health treatment you need.
If you are worried about yourself, or someone you love, we invite you to call us at our anxiety treatment center for Louisville at (502) 912-1038. We are proud to be a rehab program for the Louisville area and to work with those who live here.