Anxiety may be a symptom of a much larger issue for people with addiction. Though it can stand alone, sometimes it comes after using drugs. Oftentimes, it is the reason people start using drugs in the first place. Anxiety keeps people from doing what they want to do and may cause them to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, so they will require treatment for that, as well. Find out more about the types of anxiety disorders that exist and how to seek support.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Excessive worry about everyday things can be a source of dread for people. You may worry that while walking to work, going out in public, or doing everyday things, something can happen. This may happen, but that does not mean it will happen for certain. The anxiety around this can keep you from doing things and make unwanted thoughts become intrusive.
Panic disorder usually manifests in panic attacks or waves of terror which flow through the body. You may experience difficulty breathing and think you are dying. Panic attacks subside after half an hour and may leave you feeling drained and not able to focus. While experiencing this, it is not out of the ordinary that repeated attacks may occur for a while. These episodes feel hard to cope with but may or may not be related to addiction use disorder and past trauma.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD can occur following trauma or events in a person’s life that shock them. Even the death of a loved one can result in PTSD, depending on circumstances. You may relive this over and over and feel unable to focus on doing daily things without feeling angry or depressed. Symptoms of PTSD can cause a person to feel isolated or neglect duties. They may become violent or emotionally suffer from outbursts. Military people may suffer from this more than others because they deal with traumatic incidences all the time.
Anxiety Disorders Treatment
When anxiety disorder manifests in a challenging set of symptoms, it causes fear and increased worry about dealing with daily life. People can often find relief with the right kind of medication and are also able to cope better when substance use disorder or other issues are addressed in what is called a dual diagnosis treatment program. These programs specialize in the treatment of these disorders alongside addiction while learning to cope in recovery and feel healthy again.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We provide space to treat people for dual diagnosis, including anxiety disorders. For more information about sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702