Suffering from clinical anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a disease, just like addiction is a disease. At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we are well-equipped to treat both the disease of addiction as well as co-existing mental illnesses.

Dual diagnosis cases – in which someone is addicted and also diagnosed with a mental health condition – are extremely common. Straight talk? It’s rare not to see some form of mental illness in addicts, simply because of the trauma that substance abuse inflicts on the brain.

A Diagnosis of Anxiety

The primary diagnostic manual, the DSM-V Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, lists a number of symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. They include:

  • Excessive anxiety and worry about general or specific events, lasting 6 months or more.
  • No ability to control the worry.
  • The worry is also associated with at least three of the following symptoms: Fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, muscle tension, restlessness, or difficulty concentrating.
  • The anxiety causes impairment in social, work, or school settings.

Addiction and Anxiety

People can begin to use and abuse substances as a response to chronic anxiety, as a means to cope with their own pain and suffering. Other individuals develop deepening symptoms of anxiety as a result of their drug or alcohol dependency, as they feel their lives begin to spiral out of control.

Sometimes, people seek relief from the pain of anxiety through drugs with sedating properties (like Xanax and Valium). Others seek to lessen their social anxiety by drinking, until alcohol use has become habitual and addiction has developed.

Other drugs, such as opioids, assault the pleasure centers of the brain. Use of these kinds of drugs produces the highest of highs through the release of “feel-good” hormones such as dopamine. Eventually, the brain becomes unable to feel pleasure on its own.

Treatment for Co-Existing Mental Illness

Elan Recovery + Wellness employs a medical director/staff psychiatrist and a full-time psychiatric nurse practitioner, who complete psychiatric and physical evaluations, prescribe medication, and do weekly monitoring and medication checks.

It’s essential to find the proper medical regimen to manage mental illness, and so our medical staff works closely with every guest for their own comfort, safety, and well-being. Through the use of our cutting-edge adaptive testing software, we are able to quickly assess each guest’s mental and emotional status, and make instant adjustments to treatment and medication, if necessary, for the best possible outcomes.

In addition, Elan Recovery + Wellness offers the following treatment protocols for our dual-diagnosis guests:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Skills groups
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
  • Shame resiliency and vulnerability training
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Case management

We Treat Addiction and Mental Illness

Please, do not consider any treatment facility that is not capable of treating both addiction and mental illness. Reach out to us today to find out more about Elan’s compassionate, professional care.

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