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Anxiety and Addiction Recovery

Posted on :  January 20th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Many people who fight their addictions often experience symptoms of anxiety. You might feel like you are the person who is feeling anxiety, it is important to know you are not the only person who experiences these emotions. Nearly 20 percent of adults experience anxiety and the related disorders and fewer than 50 percent of those adults actually seek out treatment. When you add opioid addiction into the mix, the chance of anxiety increases; anxiety and addiction go hand in hand.

We Can Help You Stay on the Path to Recovery

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we understand that your recovery is important. When you are using methadone to fight your opioid addiction, you cannot mix methadone with other medications, like the ones that used to combat anxiety and other psychological disorders. This means that other therapies might be necessary, because it can be dangerous to mix methadone with other medications. Fortunately, there are several alternative therapies to treat anxiety and many of them can be life changing in positive ways.

Learn to relax. When you feel anxious, you might feel like relaxation is impossible. Fortunately, relaxation is a skill that can be learned. Some people will relax by engaging and relaxing their muscles. Others will use guided breathing. If you want to be able to relax when you are feeling anxious, you have to learn to recognize your triggers and what to do when those triggers come to fruition.

Guide yourself out of anxiety. Another way that many people relax is by using guided imagery. This is when you choose an image, symbol, word, or phrase that brings you out of the feelings of stress into feelings of comfort. With guided imagery, you can help yourself recover and stay healthy at the same time.

Look to meditation. Like guided imagery and relaxation, meditation takes practice. You will need a quiet and comfortable place to sit or lay down. Many people begin practicing meditation with audio instructions. Fortunately, meditations can be found online for free and some written for people who are recovering from addictive substances.

Become a mindful person. Anxiety arises when you experience stress about future events. Depression happens when you are looking back to negative events from the past. When you are mindful, you are in the present moment and not allowing things that have or have not happened to affect you. One of the best ways to learn about being mindful is to listen to a mindfulness meditation; many of them work on guiding listeners through a meditation through the parts of the body as a relaxation technique. Just listening to the voice of the meditation and ignoring all other thoughts will help you stay in the present moment and stop feeling anxious about the future.

Give hypnosis a try. Hypnosis will not make you bark like a dog or screech like a monkey. It will make you relax and feel less anxiety. This deep form of relaxation is achieved through repetition of words and images so your mind can stay calm. There are many therapists who have experience with hypnosis, but you will not be able to fully relax and appreciate the experience until you trust the therapist.

Learn about your behaviors. One of the best ways to avoid feeling anxious is to understand how to recognize the triggers and find a positive solution. Some people will journal about their feelings of anxiety and use the reflection to adjust their reactions. This type of therapy is called cognitive behavior therapy because it involves thinking about your experiences and making a conscious effort to improve your reactions and behaviors.

At Towards Recovery Clinics we are dedicated to helping individuals, like you, get control of their addictions and help them rebuild their lives and careers. Give us a call at 905-527-2042 for more information.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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