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Combatting Anxiety Within Addiction Treatment

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The way that most people understand anxiety is as a mental illness in and of itself, one that can often be made worse by a number of occurrences in daily life.  However, anxiety disorders are rarely standalone and are usually representative of a larger issue or, at the very least, are co-occurring with other issues.  After all, the physical response of anxiety can be produced as a result of a number of triggers, from temperature to environment to illness, and can be particularly difficult to deal with while in the addiction treatment process.  Because it can occur as a consequence of other issues, it can be hard to pinpoint the source and thus to properly treat it.  The first step toward that end should be to develop a clear awareness of how anxiety functions within your life or keeps you from the lifestyle you want.

Little Changes to Help with Recovery Stress

Anxiety can crop up due to a number of catalysts and therefore can exhibit a number of symptoms.  Most anxiety is reminiscent of the “fight or flight” (or freeze) response in which people react to potential pressures and dangers by combating, avoiding, or finding themselves paralyzed.  Anxiety, for many, is like an enormous bear that threatens safety and well-being.  There is no way of knowing which treatments and tips will work for an individual until they are tested, so utilizing a diverse array of methods, or at least consulting various sources for advice, is the best place to start any recovery from intense anxiety in order to reach a more balanced and calm lifestyle during addiction treatment.

Not every pill or practice works for every person.  Anxiety is a complicated beast, affecting people in a myriad of ways and it fluctuating throughout addiction treatment.  Luckily, there is no shortage of references so that you can at least begin gathering potential fixes between your addiction treatment sessions.  These can then be sorted into two categories: internal and external.  External can include therapy, medication, and nutrition, for example, while internal can include prayer, meditation, and humor (too-often forgotten as good medicine).

If anxiety swells while in addiction treatment, try and combat it with “visualization, distraction and breathing techniques.”  Putting your mind entirely to the physical process of drawing breath can help to move back into the present moment while also bringing much-needed oxygen to the brain.  After that, imagining a calm scene or doing something as simple as counting up to ten and then starting at one again can combat anxiety and keep you in control.  In most cases, the issue is that the energy in the body has “become weak, disturbed, or out of balance” as a result of this anxiety and, after finding a method that brings some success, the entire process of your addiction treatment can proceed more smoothly.

For more information on anxiety and addiction treatment in Harford County and in Bel Air, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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