When someone has a dual diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and a substance use disorder, both disorders must be addressed concurrently. There are comprehensive treatment programs that are equipped to effectively treat both issues simultaneously.
What Is an Anxiety Disorder?
Everyone experiences occasional issues with nervousness and anxiety.
The type of anxiety that occurs in most people with day-to-day routines is not considered to be clinically significant. Anxiety disorders represent psychological disorders that share a similar feature of primarily being driven by excessive anxiety and/or fear.
Clinically, anxiety represents feelings of uneasiness or nervousness when contemplating a future threatening situation, whereas fear represents the emotional response you have to an impending immediate situation. When you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety you are experiencing is so severe that it significantly interferes with your ability to function and/or causes you significant distress.
Types of Anxiety Disorders