Dealing with anxiety is difficult. But having to deal with anxiety and depression at the same time can be even more challenging and complex. When substance use disorder, addiction to drugs or alcohol, is added to the mix, healing from any of the conditions can be daunting. Many people with anxiety or depression self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to alleviate their distress. However, this greatly increases the risk of developing an addiction while also masking the underlying mental health issues. To heal from an anxiety disorder or depression and address a substance use disorder, individuals need a dual diagnosis treatment program like that offered at Santé Center for Healing.
A dual diagnosis disorder is a diagnosis of two or more health conditions at once. For people suffering from addiction, a common dual diagnosis disorder is one, including anxiety, depression, or both. Thankfully, you can get the help you need to recover from all of your conditions simultaneously at a dual diagnosis and anxiety treatment center in Texas.
How Addiction and Anxiety Go Together
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in America. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about one in five adults in the U.S. spends each day dealing with anxiety. This translates into millions of people, young and old, having to deal with the condition.
Anxiety serves its purpose as a “fight or flight” reaction to emergencies or dangerous events. But for many of us, this response is over-reactive. Clinical anxiety occurs when you experience intense anxiety symptoms daily as part of everyday life circumstances. Dealing with anxiety reactions regularly interferes with your work, relationships, socialization, and wellness.
Because dealing with anxiety’s mental and physical effects is overwhelming, many people self-medicate by drinking alcohol or prescription drug abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that people with anxiety experience two times greater chances of suffering addiction than people not dealing with anxiety.
Dealing with Anxiety and Depression
Dealing with anxiety and depression is a more tangled problem than just anxiety alone. Of course, when you add addiction to anxiety and depression, you tangle the problems even more. You must untangle these three behavioral conditions to treat each one in detox and rehab. But you receive this treatment for the three conditions simultaneously, using many of the same therapies and programs.
Anxiety and depression share many symptoms, such as irritability, low concentration, and disturbed sleep. Having symptoms of either condition for more than two weeks often indicates a clinical disorder of anxiety, depression, or both.
Anxiety symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, trembling, nausea, rapid heartbeat, sweating, choking feeling, stomach pain, and dizziness. Depression symptoms include ongoing sadness, exhaustion, lost interest, appetite changes, sleep problems, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, headaches, suicidal thoughts, stomach problems, and pain. Seeing these lists of symptoms people experience when dealing with anxiety and depression helps anyone understand why substance abuse occurs.
Ending Self-Medication and Mental Health Problems
You can put your mental health problems and self-medication behind you through dual diagnosis treatment in a quality Texas detox and rehab. Other programs and therapies you need as part of our mental health services include:
- Drug and alcohol detox
- Intensive outpatient program
- Transitional living
- Outpatient rehab
- Aftercare programs
Across all our treatment programs, clients can take advantage of therapies to address their specific needs, such as:
- Individual and group therapy
- Residential rehab
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Intensive outpatient rehab
When you grow weary of your addiction and dealing with anxiety and depression, you need dual diagnosis treatment in a rehab program Texas trusts. This program takes place at Santé Center for Healing in Argyle, Texas. Call Santé Center for Healing now at 866.238.3154 to learn more about how you can put your dual diagnosis conditions behind you for the better life you deserve.