Anxiety + Addiction Treatment

This article will provide an overview of how we treat anxiety disorders and addiction at Tranquility Woods.

Anxiety Overview

Anxiety is a complex psychological condition characterized by excessive worry, fear, and apprehension. It can interfere with daily activities and manifest physically through symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, and trembling. Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress and can become a chronic condition affecting one's overall well-being.

Types of Anxiety

Name Description
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Chronic anxiety, worry, or tension even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.
Panic Disorder Characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks.
Social Anxiety Disorder A persistent fear of social or performance situations.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder An anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions), and repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

Anxiety and Addiction

Self-medication with substances like alcohol or drugs is often a response to anxiety disorders, offering temporary relief but potentially leading to addiction. On the other hand, chronic substance abuse can cause or worsen anxiety, creating a destructive cycle. Genetic predispositions may underlie anxiety and addiction, while chronic stress and trauma can act as environmental triggers. The combination of fear and addiction presents unique challenges for treatment, necessitating integrated approaches that address both conditions.