A study published by Behavior Research and Therapy showed that 10 to 40 percent of people who suffer from severe anxiety or panic attacks also struggle with substance abuse. In many cases the person believes that using drugs and/or alcohol is a good way for them to deal with their anxiety.
At Legacy Freedom we understand the unique needs of someone who struggles with anxiety and chemical dependency. By combining traditional therapies with alternative therapies, we treat the whole person, not just the mental illness. Want to know more? Give us a call today to speak with a qualified mental health therapist in Raleigh, NC.
Treating A Dual Diagnosis
The first and most important thing is to teach people healthy habits. It is important to manage anxiety in a sober and healthy way. Finding a state of mental relaxation and inner balance is key.
Knowing and understanding the root of the anxiety is the first step towards healing. People with anxiety often have difficulty recognizing the causes of their anxieties. Often the causes of the anxieties are so deeply rooted they are difficult to recognize. However, the most common signs of severe anxiety are:
- Excessive need for control
- Ignoring psychological and physical signs of stress
- Excessive need for approval
- Perfectionist behavior
For some it is hard to differentiate between where the mental disorder begins and how it leads to substance abuse. People who suffer from anxiety think in a chain reaction type of line. They will think about a scenario and then think of all the possible things that could happen or go wrong in that scenario. Then they start to panic and this triggers the chain of unhealthy thoughts. They may try to change their thought pattern, but find it difficult to do so. Fearing further failure, they stop and then feel defeated.
A few exercises to help ease anxiety in situations are:
- Try to stay in the present. When you feel your mind racing stop and start over. Do not get hung up on past experiences or what might happen.
- Recognize what you can control and what you cannot.
- Teach yourself daily meditation and relaxation techniques to help ease the stress.
- Do not break yourself down or be overly critical of your actions. Not everyone gets it exactly right every single time.
Once the root of the anxiety is identified and managed, treatment of the chemical dependency can begin. Choosing a holistic approach to your mental health care means that your mental health needs are being met as well as your physical needs. At Legacy Freedom we proudly offer our clients access to nutritionists as well as alternative therapies. Treating the whole person is key for lifelong success and well-being. In combination with your traditional talk therapy and medication management, we offer things like acupuncture, adventure therapy, equine therapy and yoga.
Our most common alternative therapies for the treatment of anxiety are yoga and meditation. Through these practices, clients learn to utilize controlled breathing and mind calming techniques. These techniques can be used in everyday situations to help restore a sense of calm and balance. Mindful breathing and meditation are simple, yet effective, skills for the management of anxiety, especially in social situations. Coupled with talk therapy and medication, it is possible to dramatically improve your quality of life.
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When you are ready to begin your journey to healing, we are here to help. The hardest step in your road to recovery is the first one. Let our highly-trained staff help you learn to live your best life. Legacy Freedom of Raleigh is here and ready to guide you. Call us today!