Anxiety is more common than most people realize, and it often occurs concurrently with those also suffering from addiction. While panic attacks are a common form of anxiety, they are not the most common. In this article, we’ll discuss what generalized anxiety disorder is, the affects of addiction on anxiety, and the treatment options available.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Co-occurring GAD and Addictions
Some forms of mild anxiety disorders are rather common in the United States, with about one in five people estimated to suffer from anxiety. However, those with anxiety are two to three times more likely to suffer from addictions than those without. While there are no studies to show the exact reason why this is, many mental health professionals suspect the addiction begins with self-medicating for anxiety. If there is a family history of alcohol or substance abuse disorder, the risk increases further.
Treatment Options for GAD and Addictions
Located in North Phoenix, Arizona, Core Recovery offers several different options for seeking treatment for addictions and co-occurring diagnoses like generalized anxiety disorder. The most involved treatment option is our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This program allows patients to receive intensive treatment through group therapy, individual therapy, and more, all while returning home to their families at night. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to allow patients to work or go to school. The IOP hours averages 15 hours per week and includes individual, family and group therapy as well as creative expressions and medication managment.