Anxiety takes a huge toll on your quality of life. It can lower your self-esteem, make it difficult to succeed at work or school, and even lead to a substance use disorder. If you struggle with anxiety and substance use is a factor, co-occurring disorders treatment can provide the support you need to overcome both concerns.
Vertava Health of Mississippi Outpatient offers an anxiety treatment center in Mississippi designed to provide support to individuals struggling with both anxiety and addiction. Our anxiety treatment center connects clients to the resources that lead to a lasting improvement in mental and behavioral health concerns.
Call 888.498.2376 today to learn more about the anxiety therapy program at Vertava Health of Mississippi Outpatient.
The Connection Between Anxiety and Substance Use
Anxiety often directly leads to substance use. Sometimes, this happens without a person even realizing it, but much of the time, an individual is aware that drugs or alcohol help alleviate anxiety symptoms.
Some of the most common signs of anxiety include:
- Racing thoughts
- Difficulty breathing
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Discomfort in social settings
- Fear of others’ opinions
- General sense of fear or worry
Anxiety can range from mild to severe, but it always impacts the quality of life. In the short term, substance use may provide relief from many symptoms of anxiety, like racing thoughts or acute self-consciousness.
Resorting to substances to gain relief from anxiety symptoms is an unhealthy but common practice. It’s referred to as “self-medicating.” Unfortunately, attempts to self-medicate almost always make anxiety worse in the long term.
As substances wear off, the symptoms of anxiety tend to return with even greater intensity. As a result, a person will use substances again. Over time, anxiety continues to worsen as tolerance builds and dependence on substances becomes greater.
There’s only one way to break out of this vicious cycle—find an anxiety treatment program that also provides substance use treatment.
How an Anxiety Treatment Program Helps Treat Addiction
An anxiety treatment program offers education and tools for helping people overcome anxiety. Clients learn about what causes anxiety and the many ways it impacts relationships, health, and other areas of life.
Anxiety treatment connects clients to a variety of therapy methods that provide education and practice in noticing the signs of anxiety when they appear, coping with them, and helping reduce or eliminate them.
When substance use is also a concern, a client simultaneously receives substance use treatment. Co-occurring treatment for anxiety and substance use helps clients build a strong mental health foundation and a path forward for dealing with anxiety that doesn’t involve substance use.
What to Expect from an Anxiety Treatment Center in Mississippi
Every anxiety treatment center is different. At Vertava Health of Mississippi Outpatient, we offer co-occurring treatment for anxiety and substance use. We begin treatment with an evaluation and the creation of an individualized treatment plan.
Our treatment team identifies factors that may have contributed to a client’s anxiety, such as unresolved trauma, specific life experiences, and other mental health concerns. We also take the time to learn about a client’s history with substance use, including how substances might provide a sense of relief from anxiety.
Based on all these factors, we identify the specific forms of treatment that will best help a client. If substance use is regular, a client may need to undergo a detox program before beginning treatment. Some clients may initially require an inpatient program, while others may start treatment at the outpatient level.