Anxiety and Addiction Treatment

Alta Mira Recovery Programs is a premier residential center for co-occurring anxiety and addiction treatment and recovery in California. Men and women with chronic anxiety may take drugs and alcohol to repress their feelings or ease their stress in difficult situations, which leaves them highly vulnerable to substance dependency. Treatment for co-occurring anxiety disorder and addiction at Alta Mira can offer a chance at a life free from the debilitating impact of these coexisting conditions.

Chronic anxiety and anxiety disorders have a strong association with substance use and abuse. For those who are plagued by nervousness and deep emotional discomfort, mind-altering substances may seem to offer a temporary escape.

Many men and women who use drugs or alcohol to cope with anxiety problems may eventually develop a substance use disorder. Addiction can trigger a downward spiral, making their life situation worse and increasing their worries and concerns.

Co-occurring anxiety disorders and addiction will respond favorably to therapy, as long as all symptoms are treated with equal focus and urgency. Anxiety and addiction treatment at Alta Mira includes a range of effective intervention and treatment services, helping clients to increase their self-esteem, boost their sense of empowerment, and renew their hope for the future.

Co-Occurring Anxiety and Substance Abuse


Anxiety disorders are the most frequently diagnosed category of mental disorders. There are six types of anxiety-related conditions that mental health experts can diagnose:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Specific phobias

Each of these conditions causes powerful and uncontrollable anxiety symptoms in specific circumstances. The anticipation of such events can cause additional fear and distress to develop, making the anxiety disorder even more debilitating.

Many who deal with overwhelming and persistent anxiety will attempt to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

But drugs and alcohol won’t prevent anxiety from recurring. Anxiety momentarily suppressed by prescription medications, illicit drugs, or excessive alcohol consumption will return to undermine your happiness and prevent you from achieving your goals.

Comprehensive anxiety and addiction treatment can make a profound difference in your life. At Alta Mira, our addiction and mental health specialists can help you rise above the challenges your co-occurring conditions have brought to your life. Healing and recovery from anxiety and addiction are possible with our expert assistance.

Anxiety and Alcohol Addiction


Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can help reduce feelings of anxiety in the short-term, giving those who have anxiety disorders a boost of false confidence.
People with anxiety disorders who drink moderately are unlikely to encounter problems. But if drinking to change your mood becomes a regular occurrence, your brain will begin to develop a tolerance for alcohol’s effects. Increased alcohol consumption can lead to addiction.

When alcoholism begins to disrupt every area of your life, your difficulties with anxiety will increase. Your ability to regulate the addiction and the anxiety disorder on your own will diminish. For many people, anxiety and alcohol addiction treatment at a residential facility offers the best chance for recovery.

Alta Mira’s evidence-based program for anxiety and alcohol addiction will provide you with all the tools you need to move beyond your struggles with anxiety and embrace lasting sobriety.

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Anxiety and Drug Addiction


Anxiety disorders cause feelings of stress, low self-esteem, and emotional discomfort. Avoidance behavior becomes normal, and the attempt to stay away from situations that might trigger an anxiety attack can damage your career, education, relationships, and capacity to achieve. Depression also frequently accompanies chronic anxiety issues, creating another complication anxiety sufferers must overcome.

Burdened by tremendous pressure and constant worry, many people with serious anxiety issues turn to drugs to alleviate their fears, change their mood, or simply escape from the constant sense of discomfort. Their choice of drugs can range from those that have a stimulating effect to those that cause feelings of relaxation and mild euphoria. But regardless of the substance used, it is extremely dangerous to take drugs as a way to escape from authentic feelings and emotions.

Illicit substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and ecstasy have powerful effects on the mind and the body, and hazardous side effects. These can include serious dependency and possibly even a deadly overdose. The misuse of addictive prescription drugs, including opiates or benzodiazepines, is every bit as risky and can create daunting health difficulties.

Anxiety and Cannabis Addiction


For people with anxiety disorders, cannabis might seem like the perfect drug to use. It is milder than other drugs, can be obtained legally in many places, and does not carry the same high risk of addiction.

After a period of consistent use, some people with anxiety issues become dependent on its effects and unable to control their consumption. With marijuana, this dependency may be more psychological than physical, but it still can significantly disrupt your life. Increasing tolerance to the neurological effects of cannabis use can put heavy users in a cycle of ever-increasing consumption.

If your cannabis use is running out of control, driven by a desire to manage your anxiety, we can help you reverse the self-destructive pattern that has taken over your life. Alta Mira can diagnose and treat your co-occurring cannabis dependency and anxiety, with great odds of success if you’re willing to work hard to regain your health.

Anxiety and Substance Abuse Treatment and Outlook


At Alta Mira, our comprehensive approach to anxiety and addiction treatment can make a dramatic difference in your life. Our experienced clinicians will work to help you achieve maximum benefit.

Depending upon the severity and type of your addiction, your path back to sobriety may begin with a short stay in medical detox. Our onsite facilities are staffed by medical professionals with extensive experience treating people in recovery. They’ll make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible as you begin your recovery.

Detox is a gradual process that helps you achieve mental and physical stability before you begin therapy. Withdrawal can undermine your resolve to get clean and sober, and managing it to reduce its impact is vital to keeping you on the path to wellness.

Once detox has ended, you’ll be ready to start formal treatment. You’ll receive daily therapy in individual, peer group, and family therapy formats, with your individual counseling sessions forming the essential core of your recovery plan. The roots of your anxiety problems will be closely examined, and therapies that help you learn to control or limit the effect of your anxiety symptoms will be introduced. Anxiety is treatable once you understand its origins and characteristics, and take practical steps to make yourself less subject to its effects.

Your addiction will be addressed on a daily basis as well. All the past traumas or other life experiences that may have left you vulnerable to substance abuse will be explored in depth, in the context of a solution-oriented approach designed to prepare you for life without drugs or alcohol. Relapse prevention courses will be added to your recovery program, to make sure you’re prepared to handle future situations that might tempt you to abandon your sobriety.

Evidence-based therapies will likely round out your comprehensive addiction and anxiety treatment plan, as well as a variety of holistic mind-body wellness techniques (yoga, meditation, massage therapy, arts and music therapy, biofeedback, etc.), special life skills classes, instruction in proper diet and nutrition, and group activities that teach self-reliance and personal empowerment.

After you’ve completed your time in residential treatment, you’ll move on to aftercare or continuing care programs that will reinforce your commitment to sobriety. You’ll also have therapy for your anxiety issues, and sometimes anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed.

Alta Mira’s addiction rehabilitation regimens are carefully crafted by compassionate experts with your long-term best interests in mind—that is the Alta Mira recovery experience, and it has helped untold numbers break free from addiction and co-occurring anxiety disorders.

Alta Mira Anxiety and Addiction Treatment Center


If you come to Alta Mira for treatment, you’ll enjoy a transformative and unforgettable experience that will replenish you in mind, body, and spirit. Located in a serene location adjacent to beautiful San Francisco Bay, Alta Mira features a range of attractive and restorative amenities offered in a peaceful, nature-oriented setting.

Your comprehensive Alta Mira healing and recovery plan will include:

  • Comprehensive Neuropsychological Testing and Assessment. You’ll receive a full mental and behavioral health evaluation from a highly-experience psychiatrist, who can diagnose any disorders present and recommend treatment services that target your symptoms in their entirety.
  • World-Class Clinical Staff. Addiction and mental health treatment plans at Alta Mira are administered by supremely skilled and highly experienced professionals, who understand the challenges you face and are ready to help you overcome them.
  • Individualized Treatment Plans. Anxiety and substance use disorders will respond favorably to treatment, but only if the services rendered respect your life history and personal preferences, and are customized to fit the parameters of your diagnosis.
  • Luxurious Private Location. Alta Mira’s gorgeous and calming historic location facilitates comprehensive healing by letting you recover in peace, serenity, and comfort.

Don’t let your struggles with anxiety and addiction control your life any more. With our help, you can change your life for the better, overcoming the difficulties that have held you back for far too long.

Please contact us today to find out more about our anxiety and addiction treatment program.

Why Choose Alta Mira Recovery for Anxiety and Addiction Treatment?


Alta Mira Drug Addiction Treatment Center

At Alta Mira, we create the best possible treatment experience. We specialize in treating addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Our innovative clinical programs and exceptional San Francisco Bay location give you an opportunity to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

We provide safe, compassionate care in a serene residential setting where clients can focus on their treatment and recovery without the worries of external pressures and stressors.

If you’re ready to learn more about our anxiety and addiction treatment programs, please contact us today.