Tranquilizers, common antianxiety medications, work by reducing brain activity and by slowing down the central nervous system. Tranquilizers reduce anxiety and thoughts and feelings in general. They are known to cause “numbness,” or a lack of feelings and thoughts. Tranquilizers can be calming, but they can also be habit forming. Therefore long-term use or abuse should be avoided by Seattle residents.
How Are Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer Abuse Related?
Struggling with an anxiety disorder alone can be overwhelming. Adding an addiction, such as tranquilizer addiction, can make having a normal life in Seattle seem impossible. People who struggle with co-occurring anxiety disorders and addictions often look for other means to slow or reduce their symptoms, including anxiety, worries and stress. This is known as self-medication. Individuals may look to tranquilizers to help reduce their stress and worries. Tranquilizers work by reducing a person’s thoughts and feelings. Tranquilizers are known for their numbing effects, and they can make people forget the reasons they are stressed or worried and can put them in a dazed state of mind.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Finding the correct treatment program or facility can be difficult for any addict. However, finding an addiction program that tailors to both a mental illness and an addiction can seem impossible. The following are some of the treatment options that are available for people suffering from a mental illness and an addiction:
- Inpatient treatment
- Residential treatment
- Outpatient treatment
Inpatient treatment can help an addict detox with as little pain as possible. This can greatly increase an addict’s chances for sobriety. Many addicts attempt detox on their own; however, the painful withdrawal symptoms they experience can cause them to relapse in order to ease the pain. Residential treatment can help an addict by providing both mental health professionals and addiction professionals. Outpatient treatment usually consists of counseling to address both the mental illness and the addiction. Basically, each individual needs to find a treatment program that has a knowledgeable staff that is trained to treat both mental illness and addiction. If the program does not have the staff available to treat both issues simultaneously, chances are the individual will go back and forth between addiction treatment and mental illness treatment.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Anxiety and Tranquilizer Abuse
If you or a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder and tranquilizer abuse, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are here to help and can be reached 24 hours a day. Call us today.