When you suffer from anxiety disorder and/or depression, it is a long road to figure out the exact cocktail of medications that will help you to feel better. Too often, you may turn to drugs of addiction to help balance out your moods and fight off the panic attacks.
When things get so bad that it is clear that you need drug addiction treatment, the only way to make that treatment stick is to undergo dual diagnosis treatment for the co-occurring issue of anxiety disorder and depression at the same time.
The Mind & Body Connection
Traditional treatments like antidepressants and other medications are still preferable for many. For others, however, the connection between mind and body is one that requires a more thoughtful approach outside of pharmaceutical methods. Perhaps antidepressants don’t work well for you or maybe they fight the anxiety attacks but create side effects you don’t like.
Anxiety Disorder, Drug Addiction and Depression
Things like meditation, guided imagery, breathing techniques and repetitive prayer can help you to relax and create a safe space to go when you feel your anxiety kicking in or when you feel tempted to relapse. Yoga, biofeedback, and Tai Chi are a bit more physical, though only mildly so, and allow you to more easily control your heart rate and other physiological processes so that when stressors arise that may instigate a bout of anxiety or trigger your cravings for your drug of choice.
These exercises or alternative therapies work with both the mind and body, both of which are affected by drug addiction and anxiety disorder. The effects are not only short-term as you practice them and immediately after, but long-term as well with clinical studies showing positive effects on physiological processes like heart rate.
Rehab at The Canyon
At The Canyon, we treat depression and other psychological or mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in addition to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Our dual diagnosis rehab combines traditional treatments with alternative therapies so that you receive a comprehensive and efficient treatment. With no stone left unturned, you can be sure that you are receiving not only a completely personalized treatment but one that is uniquely designed for you according to your experience. Each week, you will analyze your treatment plan with your personal therapist and determine which therapies are working and which you’d like to change as you progress.
If you have any questions about the alternative treatments we have available in our dual diagnosis rehab, contact us at The Canyon today.