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Alternatives To Benzodiazepines For Anxiety

Anxiety is something that we, as human beings, occasionally feel in our lives. In fact, a little bit of anxiety here and there can be a good source of motivation. It can also be a natural warning system telling you when not to do something dangerous. Unfortunately, when anxiety goes unchecked it can prevent us from living productive and fulfilling lives, and lead to other health issues. When feelings of fear and worry reach this level, it is referred to as an anxiety disorder. A group of medications that medical professionals may prescribe to treat anxiety is benzodiazepines. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines often only mask the symptoms as opposed to treating the underlying issues. Additionally, they carry a significant risk of addiction. For these reasons, exploring a number of alternatives to benzodiazepines is ideal for treating anxiety. 

Lifestyle Changes

A good place to start when trying to overcome any degree of anxiety is to look at your lifestyle choices and see where improvements could be made. What can you add, remove, or change from your life that would allow for overall better mental wellbeing? Ironically, one place to start is with your physical well being. Here are a few things you can do to improve your physical health that will also have a positive effect on your mental health:

Therapy & Counseling

For individuals that are not able to get their anxiety under control with some lifestyle changes, therapy is another alternative to benzodiazepines for treating anxiety. There are a few types of therapy that have been shown to be just as effective as benzos in treating anxiety and depression, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnosis. 

Alternative Medications

For some, anxiety becomes so severe that it is debilitating. Medication can be a helpful option for those who struggle with severe anxiety, and it does not have to be benzos. There are several other groups of medication that have been shown to help in reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Other than benzodiazepines, antidepressants and sedatives are the 2 most common types of medications used to treat anxiety.

Whether you are an individual who has struggled with addiction or not, it is reasonable not to want to be prescribed addictive medications such as benzodiazepines. However, it is also more than reasonable to want to find a way to overcome anxiety. 

Treating Anxiety & Addiction at The Freedom Center

Anxiety and addiction commonly go hand in hand. Whether it is drug use that induces anxiety or anxiety that presents as a withdrawal symptom, begin able to treat it is going to be critical to the recovery process. In order to help clients with their anxiety, we offer a number of alternatives to benzodiazepines. This includes access to CBT trained therapists and our fitness and nutrition program. Managing anxiety is an important factor in a recovering addict’s mental health and overall recovery journey.

Sources:

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/benzodiazepines_and_the_alternatives

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