Treatment Options for Alcohol Induced Anxiety Disorder

Alcohol induced anxiety disorder is a wide spread issue in both active alcoholics and those who are in withdrawal. This is a debilitating issue and is often the cause of relapse. People suffering from alcohol induced anxiety disorder often describe it as one of the worst feelings that they ever had. It has all of the same qualities as almost all of the other anxiety disorders. Fortunately, all be it a scary situation to go through, it is treatable most of the time.


Although no one knows if the alcoholism is the cause of the anxiety or the result of it, it is possible to treat it through counseling. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, without treatment the anxiety often gets worse over time. Substance induced anxiety disorder mimics many of the other anxiety disorders.

Many people benefit from several counseling types that help them face their anxiety issues. Some of these types are:

  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • dialectical behavioral therapy
  • confrontation therapy
  • exposure therapy
  • stress management
  • other individual behavioral therapies

Therapy and counseling is designed to teach you how to confront your anxiety and work through the situations that cause it. The first step is to stop drinking. For an alcohol addiction treatment center, call 888-647-0051 (Who Answers?) . We can help you find the treatment center that is right for you.


Alcohol Induced Anxiety Disorder

Experiencing alcohol induced anxiety disorder during withdrawal often leads to relapse.

There are a variety of medications that can help with anxiety of all sorts. Many treatment centers will prescribe these medications as a short term measure to stop the anxiety. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common medications are:

  • antidepressants – some antidepressants can help treat anxiety over a long time period
  • busporine – another long term antianxiety medication
  • benzodiazepines  – these medications are a short term measure for treating anxiety

It is important to note that benzodiazepines are a stop gap measure. They are highly addictive and sometimes dangerous to stop taking suddenly. If you are taking benzodiazepines, it is extremely important to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly.

Group Therapy

Group and community therapy has prove effective for both establishing a support network and helping you to work through the issues that cause the anxiety. Twelve stop programs and community support groups are available in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

The support and sharing involved in group therapy can remove some of your fears, particularly if the anxiety manifests in social settings. When you are in recovery for alcoholism, facing others is sometimes difficult and anxiety inducing. By sharing with others, it can solve some of the issues with anxiety caused by alcoholism.

Treatment Settings

All of these treatment options are available in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Inpatient treatment is a residential form of treatment. During inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction, you have access to all of these treatment forms in one center.

During outpatient treatment, you have to go to the different sessions and sometimes different locations to see:

  • counselors
  • medical doctors
  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists

All of these treatments may be combined in order to produce an effective treatment plan for substance induced anxiety. For more information on any of these treatments call 888-647-0051 (Who Answers?) . We can help you deal with your alcohol induced anxiety issues.


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