Though anxiety is a healthy reaction to a fear-inducing situation, sometimes people struggle with fear reactions that are out of proportion to the actual threat or interfere with their ability to live their daily lives. In these situations, a person may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Some of the more common anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder/social phobia
- Specific phobia
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
When a person struggles with a substance use disorder and a co-occurring anxiety disorder, the two disorders can build off of each other and cause immense damage in a person’s life. Should these disorders be left untreated, the potential for devastation across multiple areas of a person’s life can increase exponentially. Fortunately, however, there are rehab centers that provide treatment options for those who seek them.
At Mirror Lake, we have extensive experience helping people overcome substance abuse and co-occurring anxiety disorders. Our caring and compassionate staff are eager to give you the best possible chance at living a life free from the influence of substances and co-occurring anxiety disorders.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with substance abuse and a co-occurring anxiety disorder can be a profoundly painful experience that may leave you feeling as though there is little you can do to help. Despite these feelings of helplessness, there are, however, a number of ways you can facilitate your loved one’s recovery journey. Please consider the following:
- Learn about your loved one’s substance or substances of choice and learn about your loved one’s specific anxiety disorder. In addition, spend time learning about the unique challenges that people with substance use disorders and co-occurring anxiety disorders may face.
- Research rehab centers. Make a list of centers that may be a good fit for your loved one, taking into account factors such as treatment approaches utilized and programming options available.
- Talk with your loved one. Since your loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder and co-occurring anxiety disorder, he or she is likely in crisis and may not respond well to your attempts to help. Try your best to remain patient with him or her and reaffirm your desire to support and care for him or her during this difficult time.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, present him or her with your list of rehab centers and discuss options. Also, help your loved one with logistics, such as scheduling appointments with treatment center staff and arranging for transportation.
- During his or her time in rehab, continue to actively support your loved one.
- Perhaps most importantly, remember to take care of yourself. You will be of little help to your loved one if you are exhausted and burned out, so take time to lean on your family and friends for support, and continue to keep up with your hobbies. Also, do not forget to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
If left untreated, an anxiety disorder can have dramatic negative effects on a person’s life. When combined with an untreated substance use disorder, the effects can be overwhelming. One’s job performance is likely to suffer, possibly resulting in demotion or job loss and resulting financial strain. One’s relationships will likely also be subject to immense stress, which may result in separation, divorce, estrangement, social isolation, or loss of child custody. Furthermore, substance abuse also can affect a user’s own body, damaging organs, causing cognitive impairment, and increasing the possibility of death as a result of suicide or overdose. Fortunately, rehab centers provide treatments that can help individuals break free from substance abuse and find relief from the symptoms of a co-occurring anxiety disorder.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Mirror Lake, a premier addiction rehab center located in Burns, Tennessee, is one of the state’s longest standing providers of high quality rehab for men and women looking to recover from addictions and co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders. Offering a three-phase treatment experience that includes medically monitored detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming, Mirror Lake has been able to help thousands of individuals achieve lasting sobriety.
The top-notch care we provide helps clients realize their capacity to change and grow. With the support of our staff, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, nurses, and clinical technicians, our clients are able benefit from our multifaceted treatment that is based on the 12-Step philosophy. Our 146-bed center is also licensed as a sub-acute hospital, which allows us to treat those with complex medical histories that other centers are not able to accommodate. Furthermore, we only utilize proven effective treatment methods and protocols so that each client will experience the most favorable rehab outcomes.
In choosing Mirror Lake as the place to begin your recovery journey, you will receive a treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to your rehab needs and goals. The following are among the components of care that our center provides, and are those that can be included in your personalized plan of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: In order to effectively participate in our residential programming, some Mirror Lake clients require detoxification services at the start of their treatment. Closely monitored by our medical staff, our center’s detoxification services allow clients to go through the process of withdrawal with minimal discomfort. Depending on the type of addiction that a client is grappling with, we will select the most appropriate detox protocol to meet his or her needs. Upon completion of detox, clients are then welcome to engage in the next phase of the rehab process.
Medication management services: When engaged in our detox, residential, and partial hospitalization treatment services, clients will receive daily medication management services supervised by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses in the event they require relief from the symptoms of anxiety disorders, another mental illness, or an addiction.
Individual therapy: In order to help our clients process their addictions and any existing symptoms of co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety disorders, Mirror Lake includes individual therapy into its rehabilitation programming. These sessions are held weekly and allow our clients to develop a therapeutic relationship with an assigned counselor. Short-term goals can be established during sessions, and clients can hone their problem-solving and decision-making skills while navigating the recovery process. Furthermore, clients who were being treated by another counselor prior to starting rehab at Mirror Lake can grant consent to have their counselor participate in these sessions as well.
Family therapy: The process of recovering from an addiction and an anxiety disorder can be more successful when an individual has the support of loved ones. At Mirror Lake, we want to help our clients repair and restructure their relationships with those closest to them and do so by offering weekly family therapy sessions. These sessions take place on our campus in Burns, TN, and are led by our devoted counselors who help families heal from the damage addiction has caused.
Family Program: Mirror Lake recognizes that addiction has the capacity to affect more than just the person who is abusing substances. For this reason, we are proud to offer a Family Program each Sunday so that those closest to our clients can benefit from the following methods of treatment:
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
- Video tapes
- Lecture series
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
Group therapy: Covering topics and issues identified by our clients or our counselors, group therapy is an integral part of the rehab we supply. Taking place multiple times per day, group therapy allows clients to gain insight and support from others who have walked similar paths. The following groups are among those that have enabled the men and women of Mirror Lake learn new skills, gain a better understanding of addiction and recovery, and develop the confidence in knowing that lasting recovery from an addiction and a co-occurring anxiety disorder is possible:
- Recovery Principles
- Living in Balance
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
Experiential therapy: When a person comes to Mirror Lake battling an addiction and the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, he or she can greatly benefit from our holistic approach to care. Experiential therapy, which helps clients to understand the mind-body connection, is part of this approach and includes the following activities:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Mirror Lake is pleased to offer a Christian approach to addiction treatment. For those who are interested in strengthening their faith while on the road to recovery, our ReNew Program supplies treatment that is grounded in Christianity. When partaking in this program, clients can benefit from the following while at our rehab center:
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
The above types of treatment can be included in each of our clients’ personalized treatment plans. In choosing to come to our rehab center for treatment, you or the person you care about will learn which treatment methods will be most beneficial in terms of meeting your or your loved one’s needs and goals. Furthermore, upon completion of rehab at Mirror Lake, you or your loved one will receive a thorough discharge plan that will detail the recommendations and resources needed to ensure that recovery is lasting.
With an unparalleled dedication to helping men and women reclaim their lives from substance abuse, Mirror Lake is prepared to help you come to know a life that is no longer dictated by addiction and the symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Let us help you realize your healthier tomorrow, today.