Primary Anxiety Treatment
Anxiety Treatment Center for Women
Our team separately offers dual diagnosis treatment for women who are struggling with addiction and anxiety.
One does not need to struggle with a mental health condition to experience anxiety. Anxiety is an emotion that many people have at some point in their lives. There are many reasons for anxiety, most of which arise from everyday events. It is important to note that anxiety can occur from both positive and negative events. For example, getting married, having a baby, starting a new job, or other major life events. In most cases, feelings of anxiety typically resolve quite quickly; Usually, after the event that led to unpleasant and anxious emotions is over or the situation has resolved.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for all. For some people who struggle with chronic anxiety, the intense emotions produced by anxious situations evolve into something far more challenging to manage. For these individuals, stress becomes overwhelming and leads to fear and terror. In some cases, anxious feelings become so intense that it leads to panic attacks. It is not uncommon for their reaction to anxiety-producing stimuli to be far in excess of what is necessary or “expected” for the situation. When someone struggles with an anxiety disorder, they experience persistent, excessive feelings of worry about everyday situations. Most people who struggle with anxiety disorders cannot control their symptoms or their reaction to anxiety triggers. To make their symptoms manageable, they will actively avoid circumstances that may produce panic, including people, places, or events.
Some people who struggle with anxiety look to dull their symptoms by using substances, such as drugs and alcohol. When they experience a situation that causes fear or panic, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to help calm their fears and reduce the intensity of their anxiety. While this often works as a temporary solution, it is just that, temporary. Before long, the effects of drugs or alcohol wear off, and the anxiety frequently returns, sometimes more pervasive and more intense. When symptoms return, the anxious person reaches for drugs or alcohol again, hoping to achieve freedom from their symptoms for a bit longer. This vicious circle often leads to dependency and eventually drug and alcohol addiction.
When you struggle with both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition, you have what is called a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. When you have a dual diagnosis, it is crucial to seek help to manage your symptoms at a gender-specific treatment center that focuses on the unique treatment needs of women looking to address addiction and mental health conditions. Because mental health symptoms and addiction affect men and women differently, the treatment models and therapeutic plans utilized at a women’s treatment center differ from those found in non-specialized programs. Choosing a program specializing in your treatment needs can help improve your opportunities for positive treatment outcomes and lasting treatment success.