Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Symptoms of substance abuse or addiction can mask symptoms of mental illness, and symptoms of mental illness can be confused with symptoms of addiction. To be effective, both disorders must be treated at the same time, in the same place, by the same treatment team.

Anxiety and Addiction Go Hand in Hand

Generalized anxiety is very common, especially alongside addiction and substance abuse. It can also be worsened by stressful life events or changes such as leaving a job, the birth of a child, a divorce, or financial stress. Our expert team is trained to help patients come up with real world solutions to some of life’s most stressful events. We are also able to connect individuals with local industry professionals, such as financial planners, child and family legal counsel, and career and life coaching. Patients will also work closely with therapists in order to learn to identify triggers for stress and anxiety and learn to avoid or actively manage them in order to lead a healthy and balanced life.

In our ever more technological world, constant connection via social media and cell phones can additionally impact individuals suffering from GAD in significant ways. Our programming for individuals experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder has a component that specifically focuses on the management of technological dependence as it relates to stress and anxiety. Patients will be encouraged to “unplug” and work towards connecting more meaningfully with those around them in order to prevent continued anxiety and anxious behaviors.

We understand just how debilitating constant stress and anxiety can be, and how significantly it can impact your daily life. Clear Recovery Center is here to help you manage your anxiety struggles every step of the way. Contact us today to begin your journey of self-discovery and wellness.

Treating Anxiety Disorder

People can develop GAD as a child or an adult and symptoms can be similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary but may include persistent worrying about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the impact of the events, overthinking plans and solutions, perceiving situations and events as threatening, difficulty handling uncertainty, indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision, inability to relax, and difficulty concentrating. GAD can also manifest itself through physical symptoms, including fatigue, trouble sleeping, muscle tension or aches, trembling, feeling twitchy, nervousness, sweating, nausea, or digestive disorders.
The anxiety, worry, and physical symptoms of GAD can often cause significant distress in social, work, or other areas of your life, which makes living with generalized anxiety disorder a long-term challenge. GAD can often occur alongside other anxiety or mood disorders. Effective treatment for GAD can include therapy or medications and should be individualized to each client. Our treatment options will teach you how to make lifestyle changes, learn coping skills, and use relaxation techniques to help handle your anxiety.

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