Anxiety in Washington State
At Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, we understand it is difficult to attempt to make a change for the better, and it is natural for there to be struggles. That is why we make every attempt to maintain an environment that feels completely safe and secure. Those suffering from addiction often struggle with the fear of the symptoms of withdrawal. These fears can create a great deal of anxiety which may even prevent some from seeking the proper help or treatment. We provide a variety of resources to ensure that the path to recovery is as comfortable as possible.
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Anxiety is a common human emotion. Individuals can react to anxiety in a variety of different ways. For example, some may see anxiety over an upcoming exam or presentation as motivation to better prepare. The act of preparation can reduce their current anxiety levels. Others can find it more difficult to manage this anxiety, and the experience can have negative effects on their health. Alcohol can worsen these health problems. Alcohol may provide temporary relief from the anxiety but will only serve to increase the feeling of anxiety in the long run.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety can affect people in a wide variety of ways. The simplest way to define it is as a general feeling of worry or concern. The level of anxiety experienced can vary widely. Some individuals may be so overwhelmed by their feelings of anxiety that it can be disruptive to their everyday life and the life of those around them. For these individuals, their anxiety is an irrational and excessive amount of worry, often coupled with fear.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Individuals who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are often significantly affected by their anxiety. The effect of GAD on an individual may interfere with their daily lives and cause problems with interpersonal relationships. Those who suffer from this disorder often find things to be anxious about. Eventually, this leads them to struggle with happiness. This can leave them feeling very dissatisfied with life.
There are a number of symptoms associated with anxiety, such as the following:
- Always anticipating the worst, certain of impending doom
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tendency to exaggerate the circumstances of a particular event or situation
- Feeling tense and jumpy, may be prone to fight
- A general feeling of depression
- Inability to relax, restlessness
- Watching for signs of danger, hyper-alert
- Persistent fatigue and exhaustion
- Experiencing chronic headaches and migraines
- Difficulty sleeping, insomnia
- Stomach upset or nausea
- Frequent urination or diarrhea
- Muscle tension
- Trembling or twitching, especially when nervous
- Breaking out in a cold sweat when anxious or nervous
- Pounding heart
- Shortness of breath
Without proper treatment, Generalized Anxiety Disorder can potentially develop into a panic disorder. Individuals with a panic disorder can suffer from debilitating panic attacks that interfere with day-to-day life. Some more common panic disorder symptoms are as follows:
- Surge of overwhelming panic
- Hot flashes or chills
- Difficulty breathing or a choking sensation
- Nausea or stomach cramps
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain or tightness, similar to a heart attack
- Uncontrollable shaking or trembling
- Numbness throughout the body
- Feeling of losing control or going insane
- Feeling detached from reality or unreal
Anxiety and Alcohol
Alcohol has the power to interfere drastically with an individual’s life and their ability to enjoy it. Those individuals experiencing anxiety may become dependent on alcohol as a way to self-medicate in a search for relief from their symptoms. Though some individuals may think that the alcohol does provide relief from these symptoms, eventually the consumption of alcohol will only exacerbate the symptoms associated with their anxiety.
When compared to people who do not suffer from anxiety-related issues, people who do are three times more likely to abuse alcohol. Alcohol or substance abuse is not a solution, and it can lead to even more problems and an increase in anxiety.
Some of these potential outcomes of alcohol abuse are the following:
- The use of alcohol and other substances will only result in additional life challenges which then must be overcome. This leads to more drinking and substance abuse to relieve the additional anxiety present due to those challenges.
- The vicious cycle that results from this pattern of abuse can throw an individual into a downward spiral that quickly causes their life to deteriorate. This leads to even greater anxiety.
- Self-medicating with alcohol or other substances inevitably leads to physical and mental dependence, causing a dual diagnosis of both anxiety and addiction.
Even for those with no history of anxiety, alcohol abuse may ultimately lead to anxiety-related issues. Many times the root cause for the onset of panic attacks can be traced to alcohol abuse. Because of this, alcohol should be regarded as a toxin that wreaks total havoc on the body. Alcohol abuse will only serve to increase the anxiety in an individual as more alcohol is consumed in an attempt to relieve that very same anxiety.
Anxiety Caused by Withdrawing from Alcohol
Withdrawal from alcohol and other substances can, without a doubt, result in increased feelings of anxiety. Once an individual comes to depend on alcohol, they often feel the effects of anxiety until they have consumed their first drink of the day. The same is true of an individual trying to avoid alcohol, as the difficulty of abstaining from alcohol may also induce feelings of anxiety.
Unfortunately, many of those who are dependent on alcohol find temporary relief in turning to alcohol to ease the effects of withdrawal, but this is nothing more than a fleeting solution. To most effectively manage the anxiety, it is best for those dependent on alcohol to give it up altogether.
Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:
- 77 treatment beds.
- Professional staff including psychiatrists, addictionologist and psychologist.
- Medical team includes Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Physician’s Assistant
- Masters level addiction counselors.
- High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
- DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
- Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
- Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
- We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
- Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
- Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
- Nutritionally designed meals to restore health
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The effects of alcohol addiction are far-reaching. Not only does it negatively affect the life of the individual suffering from addiction, but it can also impact the lives of the friends and family of the individual, as well as their relationships. Rehab can help break the never-ending cycle of addiction and put an end to the destructive behaviors alcohol dependence causes.
Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, is here to help. Without the proper treatment, alcohol abuse can and will completely destroy your life. Call us today at 800-264-5899, so we can begin the process of assisting you on your road to recovery.
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Free by the Sea is here for the individuals and families that are experiencing the negative effects of addiction and are in need of help to break the cycle of addiction. Our professionals are always happy to answer any questions you may have and can provide recommendations on how best to proceed with treatment. We are proud to serve the residents of the State of Washington and to provide help to those who need it, so please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.