Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the United States, affecting people of all ages, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. If you’re struggling with anxiety while in recovery, you’re not alone.
Anxiety as a Dual Diagnosis
A dual diagnosis occurs when someone struggles with substance misuse and a co-occurring mental health disorder. An individual with a dual diagnosis of addiction and anxiety may begin misusing drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness. Treating a dual diagnosis requires addressing both addiction and anxiety simultaneously. If the roots of anxiety aren’t dealt with, the risk of a drug or alcohol relapse greatly increases.
Anxiety Related to Recovery
People who have not previously struggled with anxiety may find that the condition crops up during recovery when treatment drudges up unresolved issues from the past. When you’re dependent upon drugs and alcohol, it is easy to become so focused on addiction that you neglect to process emotions in a healthy way. Once you’re sober, underlying anxious feelings can bubble to the surface.
Dealing with the symptoms of anxiety can be frustrating, but the good news is that anxiety disorders are highly manageable. The possible treatments for anxiety are similar whether your anxiety is a dual diagnosis or related to issues that have arisen during addiction treatment. Options that your counselor might recommend include:
● Cognitive behavioral therapy: This type of therapy reduces anxiety by helping you to identify, understand and change negative thinking and behavior patterns.
● Meditation: Meditation helps reduce anxiety by training you to focus on your breath and tuning into how your body feels in the moment.
● Journal writing: Putting your thoughts down on paper is a helpful way to deal with anxiety, even if you don’t consider yourself a natural writer.
● Listening to music: Studies have shown that listening to soothing music reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain while helping to boost self-esteem.
● Prayer: If your faith is important to you, prayer can be an excellent way to stop racing thoughts.
● Eliminating caffeine: Caffeine commonly aggravates the symptoms of anxiety disorders and may cause you to feel agitated or restless.
● Medication: Under proper supervision, prescription medications like SSRIs can help keep severe anxiety under control when other self-care measures aren’t fully effective.
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