Anxiety disorder can have a major impact on a person’s social life. Anxiety treatment in Hawaii is comfortable and person-centered.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is a mental health condition that impacts about 40 million adults in the United States each year. Anxiety disorders are the most common disorders seen in the population and manifest due to a combination of factors dependent on genetics, brain chemistry, personality, life events, and other risks.
Although anxiety is incredibly common, it is also highly treatable with the appropriate tools. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we offer services to heal from substance use disorder (SUD) and other co-occurring mental illnesses, such as anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety
If you are experiencing anxiety, you are likely experiencing a combination of emotional, physical, and mental symptoms. These symptoms may manifest as:
- Racing thoughts and obsessive thinking
- Feeling restless, on edge, and irritable
- Feeling easily tired
- Experiencing headaches, muscle tension, stomach aches, or other unexplained pains not related to a pre-existing physical illness
- Uncontrollable thoughts of worry and fear
- Racing heart
- Having trouble sleeping or developing insomnia
What anxiety looks and feels like is different for everyone, which is why it’s important to discuss the symptoms with a professional who can help you understand it and how to get relief through treatment.
When healing from experiences such as SUD and co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, it can be hard to tell if the substance use or anxiety came first. Regardless of which came first, developing an evidence-based, holistic treatment plan is essential to recovering from both.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Among the most common anxiety disorders is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is a condition characterized by experiencing a persistent and unrelenting feeling of worry, dread, and fear that interferes with an individual’s ability to cope with everyday life. The anxiety is present for long periods at a time and is not caused by any one event, although certain situations, thoughts, or people can exacerbate the presence of anxiety.
Social Anxiety Disorder
If someone is experiencing social anxiety disorder (SAD), they have an intense fear of being watched, judged, or seen by others. Symptoms they may experience in the presence of others include, but are not limited to, stomach aches, racing heartbeat, sweating, trembling, difficulty making eye contact, and hypervigilance around others.
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that’s known for having frequent and often unexpected panic attacks that appear for relatively no rhyme or reason. These attacks are present in the absence of danger or triggers. When experiencing a panic attack, an individual experiences feelings of impending doom, chest pain, racing heartbeat, sweating or chills, and a fear of losing control.
Phobias are intense aversions to objects and situations that are feared by the individual. The fear experienced tends to be extreme for the situation or object at hand. However, it does not feel this way for those experiencing phobia-related anxiety, even if they logically know the fear is irrational.
These phobias could be related to:
- Other specific objects
It’s important to note that although these are seemingly safe, the brain registers them as fearful, causing anxiety for those living with this condition. In the presence of the feared object or situation, the individual may experience irrational and excessive worry, take steps to avoid the things that trigger them, and feel intense anxiety when encountering whatever it is that feels dangerous to them.
Treatments for Anxiety
There are several different treatments for anxiety. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we treat anxiety disorders from a holistic and evidence-based perspective to ensure we are getting to the root of what is causing SUD with co-occurring anxiety. We also approach healing from a whole-person perspective that meets each individual where they are and takes into consideration their mind, body, and spirit.
Treatment modalities you may experience as part of your treatment programming for anxiety and SUD may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Neurolinguistic programming
- Emotional freedom technique (EFT)
- Ocean and nature-based experiential therapies
Because each person has different needs and desires based on where they are in their healing, what treatment looks like and encompasses for each individual will be different. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we value meeting each person where they are and creating a treatment plan that works for them.
Anxiety and Substance Use Treatment in Hawaii
If you or a loved one is looking to begin treatment for SUD and anxiety, Hawaii Island Recovery offers premier addiction services in Hawaii. It can be hard to tell which came first, the anxiety or substance use, and this is also why it’s even more essential they are treated in tandem as they both feed into each other.
It can be challenging to attempt recovery alone. Let us help with our substance use treatment center that fulfills each of your needs for recovery. We are located on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii and provide an individualized, evidence-based, and holistic approach to treatment that allows you to focus on your recovery while cultivating meaningful relationships and memories in one of the most serene places in the world.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ANXIETY
Everyone knows what it’s like to experience stress in response to a trying circumstance. Difficulties at home, at work, with one’s health, or in one’s relationships can all spark a period of stress. Anxiety, on the other hand, is stress that continues in the absence of a logical stress-causing factor. Someone suffering from anxiety may feel fear or a sense of impending doom but won’t be able to explain why. In these cases, the stressful feelings are typically the result of an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are common, and symptoms can vary from person to person. However, possible symptoms include:
Increased heart rate
Increased blood pressure
Shortness of breath
Sense of impending danger or doom
Numbness or tingling in the hands
Over- or under-eating
The body is designed to withstand short-term, occasional stress, but the ongoing stress associated with an anxiety disorder can have negative effects on the body. Anxiety can affect one’s nervous system, respiratory system, immune system, cardiovascular system, and general health. It can also increase the likelihood of substance abuse or addiction.
In the past, professionals sometimes attempted to treat these two conditions separately, tackling either the anxiety or the substance abuse first. However, this method doesn’t allow for the highest probability of success in treating either disorder. Instead, dual diagnosis allows licensed professionals to assess, recognize, and treat both conditions simultaneously. This approach promotes holistic health and lasting recovery while decreasing the likelihood of relapse.
No, dual diagnosis isn’t only for those struggling with substance abuse. Psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic attacks, and phobias can also influence behavioral disorders. If you or a loved one struggles with a mental health disorder alongside an eating disorder, sex disorder, gambling addiction, or other impulse control problem, dual diagnosis therapy can be a helpful tool in achieving holistic health and lasting sobriety.
HOW HAWAII ISLAND RECOVERY CAN HELP YOU RECOVER FROM ANXIETY
Hawaii Island Recovery offers men and women an opportunity to recover from anxiety, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders while living on the beautiful island of Hawaii. Our multi-disciplinary, integrative treatment approach allows for accurate assessment, evidence-based therapies, and experiential and holistic therapies, all administered by licensed therapists who are credentialed in their respective specialties. By treating anxiety and substance abuse disorder or behavioral disorder simultaneously, we are able to promote holistic health of the body, mind, and spirit.