Today’s stressful work makes anxiety more and more common. For some, anxiety passes quickly. For others, an anxiety episode may signify an anxiety disorder. Today, co-occurring disorders like anxiety are increasingly common in addiction recovery. Nearly half of people living with addiction have co-occurring disorders. Northpoint Nebraska’s evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs provide a dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorder treatment for anxiety and other mood disorders.
If you or someone you love needs support for anxiety, call Northpoint Nebraska. Our Omaha clinic provides comprehensive, flexible treatment plans for anxiety and other co-occurring disorders. Call us now 402.698.3475 to learn more about the benefits of anxiety treatment in Nebraska.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a physical, emotional, and mental state. During an anxiety episode, the brain goes into fight, flight, or freeze mode. In this state, the body releases adrenaline. This normal reaction can help the body fight, fight, or flee a life-threatening situation. Unfortunately, during anxiety, a person is not in physical danger. Instead, the brain tricks the body into releasing these chemicals. Also called dysregulation, fight, flight, or freeze causes a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Intense worry
- Sense of impending doom
- Increased heart rate
- Chest tightness
- Trouble focusing
- Trouble sitting still
- Intense fatigue
- Poor sleep
- Always on alert
Symptoms of anxiety depend on each person’s body and life experience. For those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety can be a regular part of their lives. Some people can experience anxiety quickly. For others, many small triggers can lead to an anxiety attack. Many people live with a low level of anxiety and have trouble regulating their nervous systems. An anxiety attack is intense and sudden anxiety. During an attack, a person may fear for their lives and have trouble calming down on their own.
Understanding the Relationship Between Anxiety and Addiction
When the brain and body don’t return to a regulated state, it’s hard to focus, sleep, and live normally. This can lead to health problems, severe mood changes, and changes in behavior. Unfortunately, undiagnosed anxiety is common. Many people experience anxiety frequently or live with undiagnosed anxiety disorders. Without proper treatment, constant and prolonged anxiety often leads to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. While this may temporarily relieve anxiety, it can worsen symptoms long-term and quickly lead to addiction.
Anxiety causes people to ruminate on the past or worry about the future. This means during an anxiety attack, it can be challenging to stay in the present moment. Anxiety treatment at Northpoint Nebraska can help clients develop mindful awareness. Through behavioral therapy, like cognitive-behavioral therapy, clients learn to identify anxiety triggers, prevent anxiety attacks, and understand the root causes of anxiety. Over time, clients can reduce anxiety and daily stress while also treating addiction.
Start Evidence-Based Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment For Anxiety At Northpoint Nebraska Now
While occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, chronic anxiety is a sign it’s time to ask for help. If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety or other co-occurring disorders, know you are not alone. Co-occurring disorders like anxiety and addiction are treatable. The team at Northpoint Nebraska is here to help. Our Omaha clinic provides evidence-based treatment programs to help clients recover from anxiety and other mood disorders with comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment. With multiple programs to meet your family’s needs, Northpoint Nebraska has the right addiction treatment program for you. Call us now to learn more about anxiety and how the team at Northpoint Nebraska can help you with co-occurring disorder treatment. Reach our staff at 402.698.3475 to get started today.