Although there is no one cause for anxiety disorders, certain risk factors may play a bigger role for some individuals. Anxiety is more common in those with a family history of the disorder, for example, and environmental factors such as past trauma and substance use are also linked to higher rates of anxiety. Regardless of the cause, numerous treatment options are available that can help. A combination of medication, therapy and mindfulness training can help you identify triggers and recognize the onset of symptoms, while treatment for any co-occurring disorders such as depression or substance use will promote lasting recovery.
HOW ARE ANXIETY AND ADDICTION RELATED?
Anxiety disorders and substance use are closely linked and often occur together. An estimated 20 percent of individuals with an anxiety disorder also have a substance use disorder, known as a dual diagnosis. It’s difficult to determine why this happens, but drug and alcohol use can trigger the onset of mental health concerns due to their detrimental effects on the brain. In other cases, individuals may self-medicate to relieve their symptoms, only to experience rebound anxiety and cause bigger problems once addiction develops. All too often, drugs and alcohol exacerbate mental health symptoms while complicating the recovery process. It is more difficult to treat co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse can delay treatment by masking the symptoms of anxiety or negatively impacting an individual’s motivation to get help.
Not only is substance use is more common in those with anxiety disorders, it has also been linked to higher relapse rates and more severe withdrawal symptoms. By integrating mental health care into our treatment programs, we can effectively address anxiety-related symptoms and ensure a more comfortable experience. Recovery itself can be a stressful process, so we also take great care to provide a safe, inviting space. Our beautiful facility is located in the quiet, peaceful hills of Los Angeles with private and semi-private rooms, the latest amenities and a relaxing environment that offers clients the serenity they need to heal.