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anxiety treatment denverAbout one-fifth of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder. About one-fifth of those also have a substance use disorder. When a person has both a mental health challenge and an addiction, those are called co-occurring disorders. Whenever addiction presents alongside a mental health disorder, it is important for the sufferer to receive dual diagnosis treatment.

People who have felt anxiety but do not have an anxiety disorder are often confused about the difference. We feel situational anxiety around a specific event, like having to make a speech or take a huge test. It feels similar to worry or dread, but it goes away when the stressful event is over and can be helped by talking to a supportive friend. If you have an anxiety disorder, you have similar feelings of worry, dread, and sometimes crippling stress responses, but they are out of your control. You cannot prevent them from happening or make them stop. Positive thoughts, a logical explanation of why things will be okay, or friendly reassurance are powerless to help. You need treatment. At Mile High Recovery Center, our anxiety treatment program can help. Reach out by calling 855.796.2102 or completing this online form to learn more.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

An anxiety disorder can be utterly debilitating, affecting your life in small and significant ways. Nervousness may make you queasy and sweaty when you take a ferry ride across open water, but an anxiety disorder would keep you on dry land for life unless you sought treatment. It can be crippling and wreak havoc in families when anxiety prevents someone from meeting basic obligations or showing up at important moments. Despite best intentions, someone with an anxiety disorder is most often at the mercy of their anxiety.

Anxiety disorders can negatively affect careers, relationships, and health. There are several kinds of anxiety, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorders – People with this disorder cannot rid themselves of crippling worry and stress brought on by issues others may consider innocuous.
  • Social anxiety disorders afflict a significant number of Americans. They involve an overwhelming fear of embarrassing themselves in public, being judged by others and found wanting, and feeling overwhelmed and trapped in a social situation of any kind. Being forced into social encounters does not help people with social anxiety and can be deeply traumatic.
  • Panic disorders create even more severe symptoms and can co-occur with generalized or social anxiety disorders.

It is very common for people who suffer from any of these conditions to turn to alcohol and drugs to mute their anxiety symptoms. But instead of helping them function normally, the substance abuse eventually interferes even more with their ability to get through their days and often leads to addiction.

Dual Diagnosis – Anxiety and Addiction

When anxiety and addiction co-occur, the side-effects of alcohol or drug use are often even more damaging to the brain and body systems than anxiety or substance misuse alone. Cycling between floods of stress hormones and alcohol- or drug-triggered floods of neurotransmitters creates a dangerous feedback loop.

These cycles won’t end without professional help in an anxiety treatment center, preferably one that offers dual diagnosis treatment.

Anxiety Disorder Treatment in Denver – Mile High Recovery Center

People enrolled in Mile High Recovery’s anxiety treatment program can receive treatment for an anxiety disorder or a dual diagnosis of anxiety disorder and substance use disorder. Each person’s treatment plan is individualized for their specific set of criteria and needs. Some of the tools in our toolbox of evidence-based treatments for anxiety include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Family therapy

All the above are effective for a dual diagnosis, which may also be treated with medication-assisted therapy, if appropriate, to reduce drug or alcohol cravings.

Contact us to learn more about our anxiety treatment center and how we can help you with your anxiety or co-occurring anxiety and substance use disorders. You can complete our online form or just call this number – 855.796.2102.