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EFFECTIVE INPATIENT TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY DISORDERS

Are you struggling with generalized anxiety disorder or any other type of anxiety? If you are having a hard time managing your symptoms and haven’t found relief with medication and therapy, then it may be time to consider if a more robust treatment program is right for you. An anxiety treatment center like the one found at Emerald Isle Health & Recovery might be just what you need to kickstart your healing and start participating more fully in your life.

If you have been thinking about whether an inpatient treatment program is right for you, here is what you need to know. Keep reading to find out what makes effective anxiety treatment work, and how Emerald Isle can help!

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WHAT ARE ANXIETY DISORDERS?

It’s normal to feel anxious or worried every now and then, but people with anxiety disorders struggle with fear, dread and nervousness on a regular basis. These feelings are pervasive and disruptive and can persist for months or years, significantly interfering with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders affect how you respond to stressful situations and make it hard to get through the day. They can also cause physical symptoms like a pounding heart, stomach pain, shortness of breath or sweating.

Anxiety can manifest in several different ways and are among the most common mental health conditions globally. Some of the most common anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): GAD is characterized by chronic, exaggerated worry and tension, often with no apparent reason. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and be overly concerned about health, money, family, work or family.
  • Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety disorder produces overwhelming worry about everyday social situations, often centering around a fear of being judged by others or behaving in a way that may cause embarrassment or ridicule.
  • Panic disorder: Panic disorder involves episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety, fear or terror known as panic attacks. Often, these episodes are accompanied by physical symptoms, such as chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or abdominal distress.
  • Phobias: Phobias are intense, irrational fears of specific things or situations, such as heights, flying or spiders. The level of fear is usually out of proportion to the situation and may cause the person to avoid people, places or objects that may trigger it.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): OCD is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing are often performed with the goal of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. However, performing these “rituals” provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

Many anxiety disorders can be managed with therapy and medication, but if your symptoms persist despite treatment and are disrupting your daily life, it might be time to consider a more intensive approach. An inpatient program can help you develop the coping skills you need to get your anxiety under control and live a life with less fear, worry and dread.

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IS AN INPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

Whether you are struggling with panic attacks, phobias or generalized anxiety, you might find that outpatient therapy simply is not cutting it. If this sounds familiar, an inpatient treatment program might be beneficial for managing your symptoms. Anxiety can take a serious mental and physical toll if not managed properly, but inpatient programs offer a higher level of care to give you the support and tools you need to improve your overall wellness.

If your anxiety is holding you back, here are a few signs that inpatient treatment might be the right choice to help you control your symptoms and make positive progress.

ENGAGING IN SELF-HARM

One of the first and most concerning criteria for inpatient treatment is engaging in self-harm. This can look different depending on the person, but many individuals harm themselves to gain a sense of control and cope with the overwhelming feelings of anxiety. Some people may physically hurt their bodies through burning or cutting, while others engage in reckless or dangerous behavior. No matter what self-harm looks like for you, this is an important criterion that often leads our team of professionals to recommend inpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment provides a supervised environment where you and your family can rest easy knowing that you are safe and getting the help you need. Our team works closely with individuals to identify the root causes of self-harming behaviors and develop healthier coping skills for dealing with difficult emotions. Some of the evidence-based techniques we use include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), commitment therapy and more.

This also applies to anyone who is struggling with suicidal ideation as a result of panic attacks or feelings of anxiety. If you think that you might harm yourself or have tried to, it is time to turn to more intense inpatient treatment.

OUTPATIENT TREATMENT HAS FAILED YOU

Outpatient treatment may be effective at helping you keep your anxiety under control. However, if you find that meeting with therapists once a week simply is not enough for you, Emerald Isle Health & Recovery offers more intense levels of treatment that might be more beneficial, including a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and inpatient care.

PHPs are a highly structured type of outpatient treatment that allows you to attend individual and group therapy sessions during the day. You will spend your daytime hours at our state-of-the-art facility but return home in the evenings. If you need a little more support and want clinical help managing your anxiety, partial hospitalization may be the right fit.

On the other hand, you might need to ensure your safety beyond a daily or weekly check-in. Anxiety treatment can be highly effective in an inpatient setting because you are immersed in clinical care around the clock. You never have to worry about your safety. Plus, someone is always available to help you process your feelings when you are struggling.

If you have already tried medication and therapy with an outpatient provider to manage your anxiety to no avail, allow Emerald Isle to assess you for a more rigorous treatment plan.

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INABILITY TO FUNCTION NORMALLY

Anxiety can leave you feeling constantly on edge and can make it difficult to complete everyday tasks like cleaning, eating and showering. It can also lead you to avoid places or situations that have triggered anxiety in the past and interfere with your work, relationships or family.

If everything seems overwhelming and your anxiety is holding you back in life, it might be time to consider how inpatient treatment can help. At Emerald Isle Health & Recovery, our inpatient facility near Phoenix, Arizona, provides a safe environment where you can hit the ‘pause button’ on life’s stressors and work with a team of professionals to address the underlying cause of your symptoms and develop new strategies for managing them.

SELF-MEDICATING WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL

Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol is a common way for people to try and deal with the symptoms of anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and panic attacks. Substance use may provide temporary relief by easing nerves in social situations or promoting relaxation, but the long-term effects can actually worsen your anxiety and make it harder to treat.

If you find yourself self-medicating to manage unpleasant symptoms, inpatient treatment provides a supportive environment that removes you from harmful triggers or influences and allows you to address both your mental health and substance use simultaneously. It can help you develop healthier coping skills and break the cycle of dependence on substances.

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS

Anxiety often appears alongside other mental health conditions such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder or substance use. This is known as a dual diagnosis, and it can make your symptoms more challenging to cope with and impact your overall quality of life, especially if the secondary concerns aren’t being treated. It can also complicate the treatment process.

It can feel impossible to find the right way to manage anxiety and co-occurring disorders like depression or substance use, but we use a comprehensive and integrated approach that addresses all aspects of your well-being. Our team is well-versed in treating multiple conditions at once and can help you discover any underlying issues that are interfering with your recovery and your ability to manage your anxiety more effectively.

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INPATIENT TREATMENT GOALS: STEPPING DOWN TO A LOWER LEVEL OF CARE

Many people are confused by the difference between inpatient and residential care. While both require you to live on-site in a treatment facility for a designated period of time, residential treatment is meant to be a long-term solution for substance use and mental health concerns. As a result, it tends to feel more like a home environment than a hospital.

In contrast, inpatient treatment provides more of a hospital setting with 24/7 monitoring to ensure your safety. It isn’t designed for long-term stays, and most people remain in an inpatient program for weeks rather than months. The goal is to get you stable enough to step down into a lower level of care, such as PHP or outpatient mental health treatment.

In other words, inpatient anxiety treatment is a bridge between your current mental health and an outpatient provider. We will give you the tools you need to cope with your anxiety disorder in the here and now. Once you have sufficiently learned how to deal with your day-to-day life, you can move from inpatient to partial hospitalization or outpatient therapy.

While you shouldn’t spend tons of time in inpatient, we do not want to rush you through the process. If you have been in an inpatient program for a while with minimal results, it might be time to consider whether a longer-term residential program is the better fit for you.

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ANXIETY SUPPORT AT EMERALD ISLE HEALTH & RECOVERY

At Emerald Isle Health & Recovery, we provide comprehensive, holistic mental health treatment to help you gain control of your anxiety, improve your life and enhance your overall well-being. We utilize a variety of innovative and evidence-based therapies that focus on the whole person to help you develop new coping skills and build resilience against future stressors. Our goal is to give you the tools you need to overcome the challenges related to anxiety and any co-occurring disorders so you can find lasting relief from your symptoms.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing your mental health, so we develop personalized treatment plans to help you overcome your anxiety. We offer the following types of therapy for your healing, but the exact techniques used during your stay at our inpatient treatment facility may vary depending on your unique needs and treatment goals.

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INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY FOR BASIC SUPPORT

No matter what type of anxiety disorder you may have, there are two staple items in any treatment protocol: individual and group therapy. These offer a basic level of support to help you gain new insights, address your concerns and process challenging emotions.

In individual therapy, you meet with a therapist one-on-one to identify harmful thought patterns, manage your symptoms and work through personal issues. Some commonly used techniques for treating anxiety disorders include CBT, DBT and exposure therapy. Our therapists will also help you learn new skills or exercises for calming your anxiety.

Group therapy offers peer support for those with anxiety disorders. While not everyone in the group will have the same diagnosis, you can still learn from each other. You will be surrounded by those who understand what you’re going through, allowing you to share your thoughts and emotions without fear of ridicule or judgment. Group therapy can also reduce feelings of isolation and give you the opportunity to learn and grow alongside others.

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ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY

Along with the basics of individual and group therapy, you will spend some time focused on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This approach offers a unique blend of traditional talk therapy and mindfulness to help with challenging thoughts and behaviors. ACT is a cutting-edge technique that is used alongside other core therapies like CBT, DBT and cognitive defusion to provide you with personalized interventions tailored to your needs.

FAMILY THERAPY

When you’re dealing with an anxiety disorder, it affects more than just you. In many cases, your family and close friends must also learn to cope with your mental health. They need to know how they can best support you as you learn how to manage your symptoms in a healthy, sustainable way.

This is why Emerald Isle believes in offering family therapy as part of our anxiety and mental health treatment plans. In family therapy, everyone in your life can heal and move forward together, giving you the best chance of overcoming anxiety, even once discharged.

Medication Management

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

There is extensive research to show that medication plays a major role in how you cope with anxiety. Emerald Isle Health & Recovery is proud to offer medication management as a treatment approach to help settle your brain and body from the effects of anxiety. Commonly prescribed medications for treating anxiety include benzodiazepines, which are effective for short-term use, and antidepressants, which balance mood for long-term symptom management. Our psychiatrists will work closely with you to find the best medication for you.

The benefit of inpatient treatment is that we can monitor you for optimal results. Every person is different, but we will have the option to change the dosages or the type of medication as needed until we find a combination that works for your body and type of anxiety.

Aftercare Coordination

STEP-DOWN SERVICES FOR AFTERCARE COORDINATION

At Emerald Isle Health & Recovery, we want to make sure that we are setting you up for long-term success. We know that inpatient care is an important component in your healing, but there is still more work to be done upon discharge. Our treatment center is proud to offer both inpatient and step-down services to support you throughout your journey.

After completing inpatient treatment, you may move to a PHP that provides ongoing structure and guidance for managing your anxiety as you readjust to daily life. In PHP, you will continue to undergo treatment modalities like therapy, support groups and medication management during the day and return home in the evenings. Many clients move to this level of care following inpatient treatment before moving on to a less restrictive outpatient option.

You may also opt for outpatient treatment after completing an inpatient program. Outpatient care is less restrictive than PHPs but provides the same evidence-based techniques to help you stay on track, including individual therapy, some group sessions and medication management. Your exact treatment schedule will be based on your unique needs.

You will be free to come and go from our facility as you please, depending on when your appointments are scheduled. At this point, you might be heading back to work or your other responsibilities. Step-down support makes it much more likely that you can continue on your treatment plan, even as your schedule becomes progressively busier.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT INPATIENT TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY TODAY

At Emerald Isle Health & Recovery, we are serious about treating anxiety disorders in a way that makes sense for you. We know anxiety can be challenging to deal with and negatively impact almost every facet of your daily life, so we develop personalized treatment plans to equip you with the tools for managing your symptoms and improving your overall quality of life.

If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety and considering inpatient treatment, our experienced team is ready to help you heal. Our Arizona-based facility is comfortable and provides the perfect environment for regaining control of your life. Contact us today by clicking here or calling us at 844-396-8090 to learn more about our programs and how we can help.