Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder in America today, affecting almost ⅓ of adults at some point in their life. More than this, over 19% of adults in America have experienced an anxiety disorder within the last year. Finding treatment for these co-morbid conditions is crucial if someone hopes to achieve long-term recovery. 1
What Is Anxiety Treatment?
The goal of anxiety treatment is to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety and reduce the negative impact that these symptoms can have on someone’s life. This can be done through medications, therapy, and mindfulness practices and is most effective when a multifaceted treatment approach is used. This can address both the symptoms and the underlying causes of anxiety and produce the most complete treatment solution possible.
There is a high co-occurrence between anxiety disorders and substance use disorders with generalized anxiety, in particular, being the disorder most commonly associated with using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. In adolescents, the presence of generalized anxiety disorder is also associated with a more rapid progression from first alcohol use to full-blown alcohol dependence. These two distinct mental health conditions can exacerbate each other, and in the absence of treatment the chances of recovery are very small. 2
Importance of Treatment
Finding appropriate and effective treatment for co-occurring anxiety and substance abuse disorders is critical if someone hopes to recover. These conditions are functionally intertwined, and they can worsen and amplify each other in the absence of treatment. For example, an anxiety disorder can worsen substance use as a coping mechanism, and substance use can worsen anxiety, creating a downward spiral. Additionally, co-occurring anxiety and substance use issues result in higher relapse rates and increased negative treatment outcomes when the anxiety component is left untreated. 3
The treatment program at The Summit Wellness Group is a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to dual diagnosis treatment. This is not only the most effective treatment approach, but in the case of anxiety and substance abuse issues, this can be necessary if someone is to have the best chance at recovery. We use medications and psychiatric care, clinical and group therapy sessions, and holistic treatment approaches. We aim to provide the most diverse and varied set of tools to help someone heal and build a happier, sober life.
Types of Treatment
In an effort to provide the most comprehensive treatment possible, we use multiple treatment approaches. Some of the different treatment methods we use include:
- Group Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Mindfulness & Meditation Practices
- Chiropractic Care
- Psychiatric Care
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
This multifaceted approach can be very effective, and we have several different modes of treatment that can fit any schedule. These flexible treatment modes are curated to fit any schedule or set of needs and include:
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): IOP is our standard treatment model and it is suited to working professionals or those with family responsibilities. This program is 3 days per week, days or evenings, for a total of 9 hours per week. It is very flexible and can accommodate most people’s schedules.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): This is a more intensive program that provides a more comprehensive level of care. Despite the name, clients are able to return home each night after daily groups. This program is 30 hours per week and provides a very high level of care.
- Sober Living: A sober housing that provides safe, comfortable living conditions for those attending our programs. The housing facility is located close to the treatment facility and provides a very structured healing environment.
The benefits of dual diagnosis anxiety and addiction treatment cannot be understated. The way that these two conditions seem to synergize and intensify each other makes it critical that both issues be addressed at the same time so that someone can have the best chance of changing their life permanently. The tools provided in our treatment programs can help someone with their mental health issues, and also give them support and guidance throughout the rest of their life.