Summer is here, and while many enjoy the sunny days and relaxed schedules, it can be challenging for those individuals who struggle with anxiety and addiction. If you have a loved one grappling with these conditions, your support can make a significant difference.
New Bridge Foundation® provides affordable, leading-edge addiction and behavioral health treatment for individuals who have a substance use disorder and who also may be experiencing a broad range of conditions, including anxiety. We offer residential and outpatient treatment, telehealth (for residents of California), and programs specifically for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Learn more about the specialized programs at New Bridge Foundation® by calling 866.772.8491 or using our easy online form to connect with one of our staff.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. It’s a mental health condition characterized by persistent and excessive worry that interferes with daily activities.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.
- Some of the signs that your loved one may be experiencing an anxiety disorder include the following:
- Feeling restless and on edge
- Easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering details
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
- Avoiding activities and situations because of fear or worry
- Racing heartbeat when feeling anxious or fearful
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing deeply
At New Bridge Foundation®, we understand that anxiety can be serious — and sometimes debilitating. We provide evidence-based treatment approaches to help individuals experiencing anxiety and addiction better manage their symptoms and gain a sense of control over their lives.
Ways to Help a Loved One with Anxiety
Supporting a loved one with anxiety can seem daunting, but there are many ways you can help.
- Listen actively – Be there for them, listen to their concerns without judgment, and provide reassurance.
- Encourage healthy habits – Encourage regular exercise, a healthy diet, and adequate sleep. These can all contribute to better management of anxiety symptoms.
- Learn about anxiety – Understanding anxiety disorders can help you provide the proper support.
- Encourage professional help – Encourage your loved one to seek professional help if their anxiety is causing significant distress or interfering with their life.
Anxiety and Addiction
Anxiety and addiction can often co-exist. Many people with anxiety may turn to alcohol or drugs to relieve their symptoms, leading to a cycle of self-medication and addiction. Understanding this connection is crucial as it can significantly impact treatment strategies and outcomes.
When mental health conditions like an anxiety disorder co-occur with addiction, an individual is considered to have a dual diagnosis, which simply means they are struggling with two conditions simultaneously. Dual diagnosis treatment has many advantages, including higher success rates in treatment and improved quality of life.
What to Expect in a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
A dual diagnosis treatment program like the one at New Bridge Foundation® in Berkeley, CA, addresses both anxiety and addiction simultaneously. Here’s what you can expect:
- Assessment – The program begins with a comprehensive evaluation to understand the individual’s specific needs.
- Individual and group counseling – Counseling can help individuals with anxiety understand their triggers, develop coping strategies, and address any underlying issues contributing to their anxiety and addiction.
- Medication management – If necessary, medications may be used to treat both conditions effectively.
- Aftercare planning – The program will also provide an aftercare plan to support ongoing recovery and prevent relapse.
Remember, each person’s journey with anxiety and addiction is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Patience, understanding, and consistent support can go a long way in helping your loved one manage their anxiety and live a healthier life.
Call New Bridge Foundation® Today to Learn More
With over 50 years of experience, New Bridge Foundation® has the insight and professionalism to support your recovery. Voted one of the “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” in America three years in a row by Newsweek magazine, New Bridge Foundation® offers unparalleled and affordable professional dual diagnosis treatment services. Call 866.772.8491 today to learn more.