Oro House Recovery Centers is uniquely qualified to provide Anxiety and Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, California.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. This is approximately 18 percent of the population over the age of 18 years of age.
A recent case study on Generalized Anxiety Disorder found that it affects 3.1 percent of the people in America. While these numbers may seem alarmingly high, anyone working in substance addiction will tell you it is no surprise
Anxiety is marked by extreme stress and worry, so it is not uncommon for those struggling with the condition to use alcohol or other addictive substances to “take the edge off” of the symptoms as a coping mechanism.
While the use of drugs or alcohol can provide temporary relief from many of the issues of anxiety, over time, a person will require more and more of a substance to achieve the same effect. This may soon lead to an addiction.
Occasional worry or fear is a natural part of the human condition. For those suffering with anxiety disorders, these normal feelings become so intense that they can interfere with their relationships, school or job performance, and day-to-day life.
The cause of anxiety disorders is still uncertain, though studies suggest they may be due to varying levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. This imbalance likely results in an overly active psychological state.
Whatever the cause, anxiety disorders are a serious condition that, when left untreated, can result in even more severe mental or physical health problems.
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Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are several different types of anxiety disorders with some overlap of symptoms between many of them.
The most common types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
Symptoms of Anxiety
Not everyone will experience anxiety in the same way, and each person may have varying degrees of the symptoms.
Each type of anxiety disorder may also have its own unique symptoms that can be different from the other types.
Regardless of the type, most anxiety disorders are accompanied by extreme worry or fear.
Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- Quickened breathing or shallow breathing
- Headaches and body aches
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
Link Between Anxiety and Addiction
As mentioned earlier, many people with anxiety use alcohol or substances as a way to manage or deal with the symptoms of anxiety.
It’s quite common for people to use alcohol or other drugs like marijuana to calm down form the worry or fear induced by anxiety. Others may self-medicate to help overcome insomnia or difficulty sleeping.
Using substances to offset anxiety symptoms may be a temporary fix, but in the long run, it can lead to dependence. When this happens, a person must deal with the consequences of both addiction and anxiety.
Some people with an addiction to alcohol or drugs may develop substance-induced anxiety that is caused by drug and alcohol use or addiction.
Still others may become addicted to drugs they were prescribed to treat anxiety, like benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Klonopin. This creates an even more difficult situation because benzos can be tricky to stop using, or even dangerous if not tapered properly.
In all of these scenarios, an addiction combined with a mental health issue like anxiety is known as a co-occurring disorder and requires dual diagnosis treatment for a successful recovery.
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Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Anxiety and Addiction
Anxiety and addiction are typical co-occurring disorders and they must be treated together at the same time for a long lasting recovery.
At Oro House, our mission is to simultaneously address anxiety disorders and addiction together for the successful treatment and recovery of our clients.
Anxiety is a disorder with a variety of treatment options, many of which our clients are able to continue implementing long after leaving our program.
Anxiety Disorder and Addiction Treatment Often Includes:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Interpersonal Mindfulness Based Self Regulation (IMBSR)
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Nature Immersion
For those who are dependent or addicted to benzos like Xanax or Klonopin that were initially prescribed to treat anxiety, we use The Ashton Method for safe withdrawal and detox for benzodiazepines.
By working with our therapists to learn anxiety-relieving strategies, our clients are given the necessary tools to manage their anxiety and addiction after they complete treatment.
For over ten years, we have successfully helped our clients recover from all forms of mental health conditions combined with addiction.
We understand how difficult it is to seek treatment, so we developed our Compassionate Care Model® of treatment as an essential part of healing and recovery.
Newsweek named Oro House a Best Addiction Treatment Center in America in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, and we are Joint Commission Accredited, which is the addiction industry’s Gold Standard for safety and client care.
We are licensed by the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), and certified to offer Incidental Medical Services (IMS), which is a supplemental medical oversight service for our inpatient clients in the residential level of care.
Our residential treatment program for anxiety and addiction usually lasts for 30 to 90 days to ensure a successful, lasting recovery.
In addition to our inpatient treatment program, our clients can take advantage of the following Oro House services:
- Outpatient Treatment Program
- Aftercare Services
- Alumni Programs
- Sober Living Assistance