Anxiety Treatment Program at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
If you’re suffering from anxiety and substance use disorder: You’re not alone. In fact, estimates show that roughly 20 percent of Americans with an anxiety disorder also have an alcohol or other substance use disorder. And it works the other way, too: About 20 percent of those with an alcohol or substance use disorder also have an anxiety.
Women, in particular, are at an increase risk of anxiety disorder – and, often, a history of trauma plays a role, too. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, there’s evidence that early life adversity, such as childhood sexual or physical abuse, predisposes women to the development of anxiety disorders later in life. And women who were sexually abused as children are at an increased risk of adult-onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and panic disorder.
In general, women are more likely than men to have the following anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (6.6% of women versus 3.6% of men)
- Panic disorder (5.0% versus 2.0%)
- Agoraphobia (7.0% versus 3.5%)
- PTSD (10.4% versus 5.0%)
- Social anxiety disorder (15.5% versus 11.1%)
Anxiety Treatment, Trauma, and Substance Use Disorders
At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, we understand that having anxiety and a substance use disorder can be a vicious cycle. This is because the symptoms of one disorder can worsen the symptoms of the other; for example, an anxiety disorder may lead to using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate or alleviate anxiety symptoms. Though this type of self-medicating will only make anxiety symptoms worse.
Fortunately, there are ways to treat both disorders, regardless of which came first. Our highly trained staff works with clients to create a personalized anxiety treatment program plan that addresses mental health along with substance use disorders and unresolved trauma to reduce symptoms and to lessen the chance of relapse and increase the likelihood of long-term recovery. Our trauma-informed treatment modalities integrate conventional and holistic approaches to treat the whole person. These include: