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Anxiety & Excessive Worrying

Anxiety is a common mental health disorder and a symptom of many medical conditions. Millions of people struggle with anxiety and co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.”

Avery Lane uses a whole-being approach to treatment to address anxiety-related mental health disorders. Clients are given the tools they need to successfully manage anxiety and other underlying issues during treatment and ongoing recovery.

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The Impact of Chronic Anxiety on Overall Health

    Undiagnosed or unmanaged chronic anxiety significantly affects mental and physical health. According to Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, “Anxiety disorders often co-occur with other anxiety disorders, major depression, somatic symptom disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders.” Many mental health issues involve symptoms of anxiety. Individuals with multiple co-occurring disorders may be misdiagnosed or unaware of an underlying anxiety disorder.

    Untreated anxiety has the potential to affect moods and behaviors. Some common side effects include the following:

    • Difficulty remaining focused
    • Feeling constantly on high alert
    • Catastrophizing everyday situations
    • Panic attacks
    • Muscle aches, headaches, and nausea
    • Irritable bowel and other digestion issues

    Anxiety often interferes with appetite, sleep, exercise routines, and social interactions. Sustained anxiety can cause isolation, lack of sleep, malnutrition, and other health issues. Early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment allow people to manage their anxiety and reduce the risk of developing additional mental health disorders.

    Common Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety is incredibly common. Most people are unaware of the line between everyday anxiety and anxiety being the symptom of a mental health disorder. Often, people go for months or years without seeking treatment for their anxiety because they do not realize it indicates they may have developed a mental health issue. In many cases, clinical teams diagnose untreated anxiety for the first time during assessments for substance use disorder (SUD).

    Many mental health disorders feature anxiety as a primary symptom, including:

    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Social anxiety disorder
    • Panic disorder
    • Specific phobias, including arachnophobia or agoraphobia

    People react differently to anxiety and stressors. Some women may only feel a mild emotional upset when encountering specific phobias, while others may be unable to function when faced with their fears.

    Find Calm & Comfort, Overcome Anxiety with Us

    Women in treatment rely on their care team to help them move forward and heal from the effects of anxiety and SUD. To learn more about how Avery Lane can help you recover from the effects of anxiety and substance misuse, call our office today at (800) 270-2406.

    Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

    Anxiety manifests differently for everyone. Some people have difficulty leaving their houses due to anxiety, while others may only have minor functioning issues. Every case is unique. People living with chronic anxiety often develop maladaptive behaviors to cope with their untreated disorder. Substance misuse is sometimes an attempt to self-medicate and manage anxiety or other related conditions.

    Avery Lane offers personalized care to ensure clients have the tools to manage their condition effectively. Recognizing the signs of chronic anxiety makes it easier to know when to reach out for help.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Symptoms of anxiety include:

    • Feeling restless, agitated, or on edge
    • Getting tired easily
    • Having trouble concentrating
    • Feeling irritable
    • Experiencing muscle tension or knots
    • Trouble sleeping, including falling or staying asleep

    Experiencing some or all of the symptoms listed above for prolonged periods may indicate the presence of anxiety-related mental health disorders. Symptoms must cause emotional distress and last for at least two weeks to meet the criteria for most anxiety disorders.

    Long-Term Recovery & Managing Mental Health

    Women recovering from SUD may experience unexpected complications unless they treat co-occurring disorders simultaneously. According to Psychiatric Annals, “Anxiety disorders are a risk factor for the development of SUDs and may modify the presentation and course of illness for SUDs. Similarly, SUDs may modify the presentation and course of anxiety disorders.” Treatment programs provide clients with life skills, coping techniques, and other tools to successfully manage anxiety and maintain sobriety.

    Managing anxiety during recovery usually involves the following:

    • Identifying and processing anxiety triggers
    • Psychoeducation
    • Building a solid support system for coping with everyday stressors
    • Creating healthy routines to reduce stress and anxiety

    Physical and mental health are connected. People in treatment benefit from establishing healthy lifestyle changes to ensure positive mental health during long-term recovery. Eating nutritional meals, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep each night reduce stress. Women in recovery generally find it easier to manage anxiety when they feel healthy and less stressed. Treatment programs at Avery Lane guide clients through creating healthier routines and habits to support a sober life.

    Avery Lane Helps Women Heal & Gain Self-Confidence

    Women with anxiety and SUD often struggle with low self-esteem and self-confidence. Therapy and other forms of treatment help them accept their circumstances and build confidence in their ability to maintain sobriety. Women also use their time in treatment to gain greater self-awareness and improve their life skills, reducing anxiety.

    Anxiety is often a chronic condition, and in many cases, even after treatment, people require additional support to maintain positive mental health. Case managers at Avery Lane ensure all clients have access to other resources to help them transition smoothly from structured care to ongoing recovery. In instances where long-term treatment for anxiety is necessary, people generally benefit from a combination of individual psychotherapy and prescription medications. The clinical team provides clients with alumni services, referrals, and extended support to ensure they thrive during recovery.

    Transform Your Life with Mental Health Care

    Avery Lane provides expertly designed treatment programs for various mental health conditions, including:


    Therapy, anti-anxiety medications, and mindfulness.

    Bipolar Disorder

    A multi-faceted approach to bipolar disorder.

    Borderline Personality Disorder

    Addressed with DBT, CBT, and medication.


    Overcome codependency with healthy boundaries.


    Combining multiple therapeutic methods.

    Grief and Loss

    Nurturing resilience indifficult times.

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    Actively confront and overcome PTSD.

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    We were all so fortunate to find Avery Lane when our daughter was at a low point. An initial diagnosis was confirmed by staff and the time spent there in recovery was very beneficial to both our daughter and ourselves. Our daughter was able to find out why she was behaving the way she was and was given many tools to help her recovery.

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    I can only say that seeking help is the first big step. I am so grateful to have found the team at Avery Lane…this past year has been far from easy or simple. I’ve had my moments of doubt, crisis, despair, loneliness…. but in each of those instances I had an incredible group of women to help me through my journey…reminding me of the many tools at my disposal, the strength of my soul and the freedom that comes when you face your worst fears.

    D.R. - Avery Lane Alumni

    My daughter chose to go to Avery Lane because it was founded by a woman, run by women and only treated women. It gave her a safe sanctuary to heal as well as peace of mind for us, her parents, who did not want her in a co-ed treatment program."

    C.H - Mother of Avery Lane Alumni