While it is normal and often helpful to feel nervous at times, sometimes a person’s nervousness can come about for no apparent reason, or it can begin to take over his or her life. The person may feel frequently on edge or may begin to avoid certain areas or activities. Perhaps he or she even avoid going outside altogether. In short, the person may begin to suffer from an anxiety disorder. In an attempt to cope, the person may begin using substances. Perhaps it begins with a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication, but soon the person finds himself or herself taking a little bit more than needed, or maybe the person begins drinking alcohol or abusing other drugs to unwind. Over time, these habits may themselves begin to cause more harm than good and now the person has found himself or herself in the grips of both anxiety and a substance use disorder. While this situation may seem dire, there are treatments available to help those who are suffering from such conditions.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we understand how pervasive and powerful anxiety symptoms can be and how substance use can make things worse. Because of this, we have developed comprehensive, individualized programming that makes us a great place for a new beginning.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with anxiety is a painful experience, but watching a loved struggle with anxiety and substance use together can be unbearable. You may feel overwhelmed, unsure, lost, or confused. You might not even know where to start. Here are some suggestions for how to begin helping your loved one:
- Spend time investigating your loved one’s experience. Read about anxiety, substance use disorders, and what happens when the two coexist. Spend time talking with knowledgeable mental health professionals. Read about the particular substance(s) your loved one uses so you can recognize the signs of intoxication or overdose.
- Try your best to have open conversations with your loved one. Let him or her know you know about his or her substance use. Try to listen without judgment as your loved one speaks, and reassure him or her that you only want what is best. Own your own feelings, whether you feel fear, anger, frustration, betrayal, sadness, other feelings, or any combination of these.
- Recognize that your loved one’s journey to sobriety may occur on a different timetable from what you hope.
- Offer to help with logistics. Call anxiety disorder treatment centers to set up appointments and offer to accompany your loved one to the appointments.
- Research treatment centers that treat both mental illnesses, such as anxiety, and substance abuse.
- Respect your loved one’s decisions, and encourage him or her as best you can.
- Take care of yourself. Consider attending groups, like Al-Anon, for people whose loved ones are suffering from substance use disorders.
Most importantly, try to remain by your loved one’s side. Research shows that strong relationships are a powerful buffer against stress. You are your loved one’s best ally, so work to support him or her to the best of your ability.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center
When people suffer from both anxiety and substance abuse, serious consequences can result. Use of substances may intensify existing anxiety symptoms, and the person may begin to experience organ damage, cognitive decline, infections, illness, or injury from risky behavior tied to substance use. The person’s anxiety may become so great that he or she is unable to hold down a job, run errands, or even leave the house at all. Job loss, expulsion from school, financial troubles, and trouble with the law are all possibilities. He or she may withdraw from social interaction, placing a strain on relationships. The person may begin to think of suicide or engage in other self-harming behavior, possibly even completing suicide. While the effects of co-occurring anxiety and substance abuse are dire, treatment is available to those who seek it.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Located in South Dakota, Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our center is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. The residential treatment programs at our center are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients. Men and women can partake in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioids tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of the aforementioned tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We use a multidisciplinary approach, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dietitians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive staff. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with anxiety may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assist with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day for adults and three to five times per day for adolescents. Group topics for adults may include:
- Young Adult Topic Group
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Topics Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
- Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Relaxation Groups
- Skills Training Groups
- Gambling Group
Group topics for adolescents may include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Skills Training Groups
- Spirituality Group
- Recovery Skills Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Topics Group
- Relaxation Group
- Exercise Group
- Community Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:
- Pastoral care
- Recreational therapy
- Social training
- Ropes course
- Cultural activities
- Arts and crafts
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.
In addition to the above treatment methods, we work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. In addition, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety and an addiction, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.