Offering Mental Health Treatments in Tennessee
Chattanooga Recovery Center offers a variety of dual diagnosis programs designed to treat our residents’ mental health as well as their addictions. Perhaps the most common mental disorder our team sees among residents is anxiety. According to the National Institute on Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States and impact nearly 40 million adults aged 18 and older every year.
Countless Americans struggling with anxiety often try to self-medicate to alleviate their symptoms and relax, and unfortunately, these attempts can backfire and develop into drug or alcohol addictions. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that people with anxiety issues are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from substance abuse. If you or someone you love is suffering, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our anxiety treatment programs in Chattanooga. We work closely with our residents to help them recover in a way that makes sense to them and serves their needs.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are several types of anxiety disorders that our team has seen in residents, each of which requires its own form of treatment. No matter what kind of anxiety you have, our team has a variety of specialized treatments and therapies at your disposal and are more than happy to sit down with you to determine which treatment is the best fit for you.
Some of the most frequently diagnosed anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder, also known as GAD, refers to a lingering sense of dread that typically doesn’t have a specific focus. People suffering from GAD will worry about a variety of things in their life that don’t have any obvious connection, and these worries aren’t grounded in reality.
- Social anxiety disorder: People who suffer from social anxiety disorder are fearful about interacting with other people, which is why many avoid parties, crowds, public speaking, and other social activities. Around 15 million American adults suffer from social anxiety disorder, and individuals often have other types of anxiety disorders occurring at the same time.
- Panic disorder: Individuals with panic disorders have frequent panic attacks, which describe episodes of intense fear and involve symptoms like nausea, chest pain, sweating, rapid heartbeat, and more. As is the case with generalized anxiety disorder, individuals aren’t in any immediate danger when they’re experiencing panic attacks. An average episode lasts 10 minutes.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after an individual has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, such as a violent crime, sexual abuse, military combat, or childhood trauma. PTSD is often characterized by nightmares, paranoia, insomnia, and irritability associated with painful memories and flashbacks.
Signs of Anxiety Disorders
Difficulty saying focused
Avoiding being social
Having panic attacks
Why People with Anxiety Turn to Alcohol & Drugs
Though people who already have addiction issues can and often develop anxiety as a side effect, most dual diagnosis cases involve people who abuse drugs and alcohol to cope with their anxiety disorder. There are a variety of reasons why a person with anxiety may feel the need to drink or use drugs, the most common reason being a way to self-manage the symptoms of anxiety. A person with social anxiety disorder, for example, may drink heavily before social functions or presentations to put their minds at ease. A veteran suffering from PTSD may take drugs to feel a sense of euphoria and black out any memories they have from their time in service.
Other reasons why anxiety triggers substance abuse include:
- Family history of anxiety and/or addiction: Genetics and early exposure make a person much more likely to develop a mental illness or addiction if they come from a family with a history of addiction or illness. Children who are around alcohol or drugs at a young age are also at a higher risk of developing an addiction as they age.
- Effects of withdrawal or substance abuse: If people with anxiety are already using drugs or alcohol, they may experience symptoms related to anxiety such as insomnia, irritability, and nervousness. As a result, they may feel compelled to take more of the substance to get rid of the symptoms, sending them through a vicious cycle.
Ways to Help Your Anxiety
- Avoid drinking caffeine & alcohol
- Try writing down your thoughts
- Find a mantra
- Take a walk
- Drink some water
- Unplug and turn off your phone
- Take a bath
Help is Available
You may not think you need professional help for your anxiety, but when your mental disorder is combined with addiction, your life can fall apart quickly. Co-occurring disorders come with debilitating symptoms that impact your relationships, work and school life, and the way you view yourself and the world. Our facility treats anxiety with both treatment programs and therapeutic interventions to ensure no aspect of your mental health and well-being is ignored.
Recovery is possible – all you have to do is call our Chatanooga team for anxiety treatment at (423) 226-5331. We serve residents throughout Tennessee.