Overcoming Anxiety in Treatment

overcoming anxiety in treatment

In today’s world, benzodiazepine addiction is a rampant issue that we must learn how to face. As the prevalence of addiction and dual diagnosescontinues to rise, knowing what to do the get help is of utmost importance to society as a whole.

Anxiety disorders are usually treated with some sort of narcotic prescription, such as the commonly-prescribed Xanax. These narcotics fall into a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or benzos, for short.

The problem with anti-anxiety medications is that they are habit-forming and change the mental state of the person diagnosed with the anxiety disorder. Tolerance is built up quickly with these drugs, causing dependence and creating bigger issues than the user began with.

Even people who are not typical substance abusers can become addicted to benzodiazepines, due to the way they change the neurological function in the brain. The withdrawal from benzos is one of the most dangerous drug withdrawals to endure, and detoxing without medical supervision may be life-threatening.

In drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the emergence of anxiety disorders is quite prominent for the simple fact that anxiety is a common withdrawal symptom seen with illicit drug use. In the case of the individual who is a dual diagnosis patient, meaning they are in treatment for both an addiction and mental illness such as anxiety, the use of benzodiazepines is known to cause more harm than good. It is best to diagnose the problem in treatment, and then come up with a safe strategy for detox that does not involve more narcotics.

The Prevalence of Xanax Addiction

Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines. It comes in different dosages and is commonly prescribed for different types of anxiety disorders. As the prevalence of anxiety disorder continues to rise, Xanax prescriptions also continue to increase, indicating the need for rehabilitation centers to take care of this messy aftermath.

When those diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder are prescribed Xanax, their chances of not becoming addicted are decreasing more and more. If a person is dually diagnosed with substance use disorder and panic disorder, a prescription for Xanax could be detrimental as it will allow them to continue feeding the addiction side of their diagnosis.

Learning about this powerful benzodiazepine and how it’s affecting Americans today is a key part of helping yourself or a loved one who is suffering from a dual diagnosis to get help.

Address the Underlying Issue

In the past, our scientific community had limited knowledge in terms of addiction as a disease. Alcoholics and drug addicts would check into rehab, be put on some form of a benzodiazepine to help them taper off, and then be released from rehab 28 days later, only to relapse.

Part of the reason for relapse in this instance is that the benzodiazepine acts on the pleasure center of the brain, causing cravings in people with substance use disorder later on.

It is suggested that complete abstinence from mood or mind-altering substances must be practiced in order to recover from a hopeless state of mind and body. This means that taking Xanax to overcome withdrawal symptoms could pose a serious threat to the overall well-being of an alcoholic or drug addict.

Get Help Today

A more effective way to treat withdrawal symptoms than using benzodiazepines, especially if the person is dually diagnosed, is by finding a licensed treatment center that specifically addresses these issues.

Dual diagnosis treatment uses different levels of care to treat the whole problem. It addresses both disorders and utilizes positive behavioral therapy to instill useful tools that help with relapse prevention.

Contact us today to learn more about taking your life back, or helping your loved one take their life back from a dual diagnosis issue. Help is available 24/7 through Costal Detox.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.