Sudden and overwhelming feelings of fear and worry can be a terrifying experience. If you’ve ever experienced an anxiety attack, you know that it can be a debilitating and distressing situation. For people who are struggling with addiction, these anxiety attacks can be even more frequent and intense, making recovery seem impossible. But at Roaring Brook Recovery, we understand the strong connection between addiction and anxiety, and we are here to help.
Anxiety is a natural response to stress and danger, but for some, it can become a constant state of being. The fear of relapse or facing difficult emotions can trigger severe anxiety, leading to an increase in substance use as a coping mechanism. This vicious cycle can make recovery extremely challenging.
What Are Anxiety Attacks?
Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are abrupt surges of overwhelming fear and concern that peak within minutes. They often occur without warning and can happen in any situation. However, they are most commonly experienced during times of high stress or when faced with triggers related to past trauma.
Symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Racing heart
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Sweating and chills
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
- Nausea or digestive problems
- Feeling detached from reality
For people who are working to overcome addiction, these symptoms can be amplified, leading to a relapse or making the recovery process more challenging. That’s why it’s crucial to have strategies in place for managing anxiety attack symptoms.
How Can You Manage Anxiety Attack Symptoms?
While anxiety attacks can feel overwhelming and uncontrollable, there are ways to manage the symptoms and prevent them from escalating. Here are five strategies that can help:
Identify Your Triggers
Take note of situations or events that tend to trigger your anxiety attacks. This could be certain people, places, or activities. Understanding your triggers can help you avoid them or develop coping mechanisms for when you encounter them.
Practice Deep Breathing
Deep breathing exercises can help lower your heart rate and alleviate physical symptoms of anxiety, such as shortness of breath. When experiencing an anxiety attack, try to focus on taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Challenge Negative Thoughts
Anxiety attacks often come with a flood of negative thoughts and worries. Instead of letting them consume you, try to challenge them by asking yourself if there is evidence that they are true or if there is another way to look at the situation.
Reach Out for Support
Don’t face anxiety attacks alone. Reach out to your support system—whether it’s friends, family, or your therapist. Talking about your experiences and feelings can help ease the intensity of an anxiety attack.
Seek Professional Help
If anxiety attacks are significantly impacting your daily life and recovery, seeking professional help is crucial. At Roaring Brook Recovery, our anxiety treatment program offers evidence-based therapies tailored to each individual’s needs to effectively manage and overcome anxiety attacks.
Reach Out to Roaring Brook Recovery Today
At Roaring Brook Recovery, we understand the challenges that come with managing anxiety while in recovery. That’s why our program focuses not only on addiction treatment but also on addressing underlying mental health issues like anxiety. Our compassionate and professional staff are dedicated to helping participants achieve long-lasting recovery and improved quality of life. Contact us today by calling 855.590.9944 or reach out online to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one manage anxiety attack symptoms. Recovery is possible, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.