Anxiety affects 18% of the adult population, making it one of the most common mental conditions in the United States. Those who suffer from anxiety may be more likely to develop a substance use disorder (SUD) to manage their symptoms. These substances could include drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications. 

Substance abuse and anxiety are some of the most prevalent co-occurring disorders in the world today. Having one disorder often risks the development of the other. Studies have shown that anxiety and substance abuse are functionally intertwined in both the functioning and maintenance of simultaneous chronic illnesses. Addressing both disorders in treatment is vital to a successful recovery.  

Our Huntington Beach, anxiety treatment plan is designed for the unique needs of each individual. Patients at Newsong Recovery will receive the best care while they attend regular sessions of both one-one therapy and group therapy. We also provide detox to rid the body of dangerous chemicals and medication-assisted treatment to ease the more severe symptoms of withdrawal. Our program will help teach patients new coping skills and give them the tools they need to live a healthier life.  

The goal of the anxiety dual diagnosis program at Newsong Recovery is to identify the root cause of the anxiety, to commence healing, and to prevent the desire to relapse due to the need to self-medicate.

The goal of the anxiety dual diagnosis program at Newsong Recovery is to identify the root cause of the anxiety, to commence healing, and to prevent the desire to relapse due to the need to self-medicate.

Different Types of Anxiety


There are several different types of anxiety disorders, such as:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): People with this type of anxiety will display excessive amounts of worry for their health, job, social interactions, etc., almost every day for at least six months. 
  • Social Anxiety: An intense fear of being judged, criticized, or humiliated by others. This type of anxiety usually prevents people from speaking in public, going out, being assertive, or making small talk. 
  • Panic Disorder: Intense, overwhelming, uncontrollable, and sudden feelings of anxiety. Someone who experiences panic attacks can have difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, and become overheated.

A Tailored Treatment

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, from a vague sense of continuous dread to a specific, paralyzing fear. There are several types of anxiety disorders, and each requires a multifaceted approach to treatment. Common treatments used at Newsong Recovery include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): A type of psychotherapy that can teach people different ways of reacting positively to anxiety-inducing triggers, both physically and mentally. CBT also practices social interaction skills, which can help those who struggle with social anxiety.
  • Exposure-response prevention (ERP): This is a form of CBT where the person exposes themselves to the thoughts and feelings that trigger their anxiety. At the same time, being taught to change their mental and physical behaviors to react positively to those triggers.  
  • Anti-anxiety medications: Medication can help to reduce anxiety symptoms and manage the effect they have on the mind and body. 
  • Antidepressant medications: While antidepressants are specifically used to treat depression, they can be useful for anxiety as well. Antidepressants can help improve how the brain uses chemicals to control mood and stress. 
  • Self-management strategies: These are taught to help patients be aware and manage their symptoms when they occur. By being able to participate in their mental health actively, they can learn self-control over their behavior.
  • Stress and relaxation techniques: There are several ways to reduce or manage stress. These could include breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation, and more. These coping techniques are healthy ways a person with anxiety can reduce their symptoms. 
  • Yoga: Yoga is considered to be a natural anxiety relief that can help to reduce stress. It teaches breathing control and meditation, which have been proven to be effective in helping treat anxiety.
  • Exercise: Exercise helps to relieve tension and release built-up stress. It is also helpful with depression as it releases endorphins, which can cause a natural “high.”

To create a successful outcome, anxiety dual diagnosis treatment will be finely tailored to your own unique, specific needs. Anxiety disorders can be vastly different from each other, which is why it is essential to create individualized treatment plans. 

The length of treatment also depends on the person who needs help. This is especially true for someone who has a co-occurring disorder and will need to be treated for their addiction.


What to Expect

Newsong Recovery’s anxiety dual diagnosis program is closely supervised by a team of board-certified psychiatrists with more than 35 years of experience using the latest evidence-based approaches to treat the whole person.

At Newsong Recovery, your dual diagnosis treatment will begin with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most effective combination of therapy, behavioral modification strategies, and anti-anxiety medications. Based on the findings, combined with a thorough and compassionate discussion with you, the psychiatrists will formulate the best course of action for your treatment.

 With the right combination of therapies, anxiety can be treated.

Start the Process Now

Newsong Recovery offers complimentary consultations with our team of board-certified physicians. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment program and to discuss detox and substance use treatment, call us now. 

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“There is hope. You can build a fulfilled life in recovery.”