From consistent irritability and the feeling of unease to spikes in worry and panic , symptoms of anxiety can progress significantly, leading to additional behavioural habits. Anxiety can be a key symptom of many additional health problems, making it difficult to live with.
No matter how impactful or whether anxiety is a primary or secondary condition for you, it is important to remember that anxiety treatment is available. Structured anxiety rehab programmes reduce and control anxiety symptoms without relying on prescription medications.
If you’re hoping to manage your symptoms, see the importance of considering anxiety treatment while participating in self-help tips. If you hope to receive professional support, we can help you here at Addiction Advocates through a rehab referral.
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What is Anxiety?
Categorised as a mental health condition, anxiety is where consistent and progressive feelings of worry, doubt, negativity and fear are experienced. Although these emotions are expected for most individuals, primarily through stressful life events, when experienced in the long-term or through a highly targeted form, there’s a likelihood that an anxiety disorder will develop.
Anxiety is a standalone condition. It can be influenced by several factors, including genetics, the environment, substance abuse, abnormal brain functioning, health problems, and life pressures.
Yet, in tandem, anxiety is a common symptom of co-occurring conditions, behavioural habits and additional mental health issues. It is a complex condition to live with, as many different types of anxiety exist.
From panic disorders, commonly influencing ongoing panic attacks and social anxiety disorder, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder, these are just some forms of anxiety with many different symptoms. Down to this range, it is important that those experiencing anxiety symptoms complete an assessment to gauge its complexity.
It is also recommended to feel reassured that although identified as multifaceted, great psychological support through anxiety treatment can help to alleviate symptoms while offering controlled recovery opportunities.
If you’re experiencing anxious feelings for a prolonged period of time, feel irritable, on edge, fearful, or experience negative thoughts linked to life events, reach out for support through an anxiety rehab programme.
Either residential treatment or outpatient programmes will be available at your convenience.
The Concerns of Progressive Anxiety
Anxiety treatment is recommended, as progressive anxiety can lead to further physical and psychological issues.
Firstly, anxiety disorders have high correlations with alternative mental health conditions and behavioural habits, for example, an eating disorder.
This can become very complex, requiring different forms of treatment. In many cases, medication will be provided to control symptoms of anxiety. However, long term, this can be very dangerous, increasing blood toxicity levels and the likelihood of prescription drug addiction.
Secondly, those who suffer from anxiety are at greater risk of developing an addiction. As drugs or alcohol are commonly used as suppressants to help control or ease anxiety symptoms, the effects can be very desirable, resulting in cravings.
This progressive level of anxiety concerns addiction treatment may also be required to treat a dual diagnosis.
Lastly, ongoing anxiety can decrease quality of life by damaging relationships and the ability to maintain everyday responsibilities, influencing job losses, financial concerns and further health problems. We recommend visiting a treatment centre specialising in anxiety rehab programmes as anxiety lead symptoms are identified.
Anxiety Treatment Options
Treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab for anxiety will differ depending on the type of disorder experienced, its severity and the symptoms experienced. However, common anxiety treatment options are utilised through rehab to reduce and maintain symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a highly effective treatment for anxiety, as it looks to uncover the initial causation. Once those events or scenarios driving anxiety are identified, positive changes can be made to outlooks and associations.
Exposure Interventions for Anxiety
Exposure interventions are recommended and commonly used in anxiety rehab programmes simultaneously with CBT. This will expose individuals to those situations which influence anxiety, helping to gauge its severity. Small steps will be made to reduce distress through each exposure.
Talking therapies are a necessity when looking to treat mental health conditions. Although some individuals will initially struggle to open up, this will ensure that anxiety treatment is suitable for your degree of symptoms.
Group therapy is an effective treatment option to share your personal experiences with anxiety while increasing recovery accountability. Group settings are a great way to test your boundaries and your recovery progression through an anxiety rehab programme.
When working through anxiety, it is imperative that you have a strong support network around you. Family therapy will provide this while boosting their understanding of your personal experiences, causation and recovery steps moving forward.
Medications are sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety, including beta-blockers and serotonin inhibitors. Although effective, therapeutic treatment options will firstly be used, as medication can only offer short-term alleviation.
Self-Help Tips to Reduce Anxiety
Completing treatment through an anxiety rehab programme will offer alleviation. Yet, there are some self-help tips you can personally activate, helping to ease and control your personal symptoms of anxiety.
Start today by:
- Practising deep breathing exercises
- Participating in meditation, mindfulness and exercise
- Challenging your negative thoughts
- Escaping the avoidance trap
- Taking your time through life responsibilities
- Avoiding substance abuse
- Maintaining optimal sleeping patterns
- Making a worry list to work through each singularly
Through these positive life choices, there’s a great likelihood that anxiety symptoms will reduce. Yet to ensure that symptoms can be lessened long-term, completing anxiety treatment options is recommended.
For more information on how an anxiety rehab programme can benefit you, reach out to our team on 0800 012 6088. We can offer rehab referrals for residential treatment or outpatient care.
Some factors that may cause someone to suffer with anxiety are
- Work stress
- Family stress
- Relationship stress
- Financial worries
- Previous trauma
- Tightness of the chest
- Sleep troubles
- Constant sense of worry
However, if you are suffering with anxiety and it is effecting your day to day life, it is important you get professional help as soon as possible.
-  https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/generalised-anxiety-disorder/symptoms/ - https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/generalised-anxiety-disorder/symptoms/
-  https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/conditions/anxiety-disorders/types/ - https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/conditions/anxiety-disorders/types/
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