While being nervous in high-stakes or scary situations is appropriate and even healthy, many people struggle with anxiety to such a degree that it impairs their ability to live full and balanced lives. Some of the most common forms of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Separation anxiety
- Specific phobia
- Social anxiety disorder
Unfortunately, people may turn to substances in an effort to manage the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Though using substances may lessen their symptoms for a short while, over time the substance abuse can become a significant problem and develop into a substance use disorder. At this point, a person can find him or herself fighting a two-front war against both substance abuse and a co-occurring anxiety disorder, and victory may be all but impossible without outside help.
Fortunately, Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring anxiety for over 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, our friendly, caring staff is committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from substance abuse and co-occurring anxiety disorders and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with a substance use disorder and co-occurring anxiety disorder can be a profoundly painful experience. You may feel tempted to think that there is little you can do to help your loved one, but nothing could be further from the truth. Below are some steps you can take to help your loved one along on the road to recovery:
- Learn about your loved one’s substance of choice, and learn about his or her specific anxiety disorder. Helping a loved one who has an alcohol use disorder can be very different from helping a loved one who is abusing cocaine, so learn about your loved one’s substance of choice, paying attention to the signs and symptoms of intoxication and overdose. Similarly, learn about your loved one’s anxiety disorder and its signs and symptoms as well.
- Research treatment options. Once you have learned about the disorders with which your loved one is struggling, spend time researching treatment centers and look for a few that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- After completing your research, have open conversations with your loved one. Let him or her know you are aware of his or her struggles and reaffirm your desire to help. Try your best to remain open and nonjudgmental, listen to your loved one as he or she responds, and do your best to make sure the conversation does not become an argument.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, do everything in your power to facilitate his or her transition into treatment. In addition to arranging for logistical issues such as transportation, you might also consider setting up appointments with treatment center staff and accompanying your loved one to those appointments, if that is something he or she wants.
- Perhaps most importantly, take care of yourself. Helping a loved one with a substance use disorder and co-occurring anxiety can be difficult, so make sure you keep time for yourself. Keep up with your hobbies and lean on family and friends for support. In addition, continue healthy habits like eating well, sleeping enough, and exercising regularly.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
Substance use disorders and co-occurring anxiety disorders can elicit several negative effects if they are left untreated. Anxiety disorders by themselves can impair a person’s work performance, possibly causing demotion or job loss, in addition to social strain and isolation. When coupled with a substance use disorder, the potential for damage to one’s life is far greater, and can exacerbate work or relational difficulties as well as cause harm to one’s own body. Abusing substances can result in organ damage, cognitive impairment, interaction with the legal system, relationship strain, separation, divorce, loss of child custody, and social isolation. With virtually all substances of abuse, there is also a constant risk of a near-fatal overdose. Despite this range of negative consequences, however, with proper treatment at a dedicated substance use treatment center, it is possible to regain one’s life and avoid many of the negative effects of substance abuse and co-occurring anxiety disorders.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Since 1984, Wilmington Treatment Center has been a leading provider of addiction treatment for men and women age 18 and older. By offering a full spectrum of services designed to meet patients’ varying needs, our center is where lives are changed for the better. Licensed as a hospital, our 139-bed oceanside center is equipped to treat men and women who require medical care while working toward their recovery goals.
In choosing Wilmington as the place to leave your addiction in the past, you can participate in 12-Step-based high quality programming, and you can benefit from the ongoing support of our dedicated clinical team. Each one of your treatment needs will be fully addressed by an individualized treatment plan that will detail how Wilmington can help you overcome your addiction and successfully manage the symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Below are some of the types of treatment that can be included in your personalized treatment plan:
Inpatient detoxification: Depending on the substance than a person is abusing, uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal can emerge and prevent an individual from achieving sobriety. For this reason, we offer medically monitored inpatient detoxification so that our patients can comfortably manage withdrawal and gain the clarity of mind needed to focus on their recovery.
Medication services: Many men and women who come to Wilmington looking to overcome an addiction also struggle with the symptoms of mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders. Because of our dedication to providing superior care, we provide patients with medication management services so that they can receive the pharmaceutical interventions needed to heal from mental illness symptoms. Our medical director and 24/7 nursing staff oversee medication management services and closely monitor each patient so that we can ensure the safety and effectiveness of any and all medications prescribed.
Individual therapy: While Wilmington itself is a dynamic community that provides patients with substantial support from their peers and our staff, there is much to gain from patients being able to meet with a counselor in a private setting. Patients are assigned a primary counselor at the start of their treatment and can meet with their counselors when it is recommended by our clinical team or when a patient needs additional support. Individual therapy sessions allow men and women to work through feelings, establish goals, and learn new skills for maintaining recovery and coping with the symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Group therapy: Individuals battling an addiction and an anxiety disorder have a greater likelihood of achieving their treatment goals when they have opportunities to receive support from and offer encouragement to their peers. As such, Wilmington is pleased to offer group therapy sessions each day in the morning and in the afternoon. Groups may include:
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
- Women’s group
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
Recreational Therapy Program: Leaving one’s addiction in the past often requires ending certain behaviors or activities that previously encouraged the abuse of substances. At Wilmington, we understand how hard this can be, and we are eager to help those we treat discover substance-free leisure activities that will help them stick with their treatment goals. Offered through our Recreational Therapy Program, we provide a variety of activities and hobbies that are both fun and foster recovery and healing from an addiction and co-occurring anxiety disorders.
Recreation time: Wilmington is proud to supply a variety of recreational activities that can rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. For 90 minutes each day, Monday through Friday, men and women can participate in the following leisure activities:
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
- Board games
- Coloring pages
Family therapy: Led by our licensed marriage and family therapist, family therapy sessions are available to patients and their loved ones on an as-needed basis. As our patients work on recovering from an addiction and healing from the symptoms of anxiety disorders, they and those closest to them can benefit from working on their relationships with one another and come together as a collective whole, ready and willing to support one another while embarking on this new chapter in their lives.
Family Program: As a means of supplying education and support to the friends and family members of our patients, our center is pleased to offer a Family Program. With programming offered on-site each weekend and a more intensive version of this program offered the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month, Wilmington aims to help those closest to our patients by offering educational opportunities and encouraging loved ones to share their stories with others who have also been impacted by chemical dependency and co-occurring anxiety disorders.
Operation Recovery: With the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma as a the foundation of this specialized treatment track, Operation Recovery offers unique programming opportunities for those patients with military backgrounds or those who are first responders. Treatment methods used in this track may include:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
Depending on your treatment needs and goals, the above types of treatment can be included into your customized treatment plan. Our staff of dedicated professionals will work in collaboration with you to learn about your needs and goals and will formulate a plan that will help you to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. Upon completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, you can then participate in our partial hospitalization program and our intensive outpatient care before you return home. We have purposefully designed our treatment to be all-inclusive so that you are able to resume your life with the skills, confidence, and determination needed to remain on the path of long-term sobriety.
The staff at Wilmington is on-hand to answer any questions that you may have about our programming and can begin the process of admissions with you with just one phone call. Feel free to contact us at your convenience, and let us help you determine if our center is where you can achieve the sober life you deserve.