Anxiety disorders are a range of potentially debilitating conditions that can significantly impact a person’s ability to go to work, participate in healthy interpersonal relationships, and otherwise meet the responsibilities and expectations of everyday life. Marked by the presence of excessive fear and worry, the overall category of anxiety disorders encompasses the several mental health challenges: separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Without proper care from a rehab center, anxiety disorders can damage a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being, and can lead to the development of a range of co-occurring conditions. Depending upon the nature of their specific disorder, individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders may have problems with speaking, meeting new people, participating in public events, or even leaving their homes. Certain anxiety disorders also manifest physical symptoms such as increased heartbeat, headaches, muscle tension, migraines, hot flashes, insomnia, and nausea.
At Life Healing Center, we are well aware of the devastation that anxiety disorders can wreak on a person’s life. Most importantly, we have developed effective therapeutic techniques that have helped many men and women experience relief from their anxiety symptoms while also developing the skills and strategies to address the underlying issues and co-occurring disorders that either contributed to or resulted from their anxiety disorders.
When patients enter rehab at Life Healing Center, they join in active collaboration with a team of experienced and dedicated treatment professionals who are committed to providing the comprehensive rehab that will allow them to overcome the obstacles that an anxiety disorder has placed in their lives.
The Connection between Anxiety and Other Disorders
At Life Healing Center, we are fully equipped to provide rehab for those whose primary concern is related to anxiety. However, it is far from uncommon for sufferers to also be dealing with the effects of unresolved trauma or addiction. Trauma can include experiences such as abuse, neglect, serious accidents and illnesses, physical assault, grief/loss, verbal or online harassment, combat, and natural disasters. Individuals who experience or witness traumatic events can suffer from several serious aftereffects, including the development of anxiety disorders. For example, someone who witnesses a plane crash may develop a specific phobia related to airplanes. Also individuals who have been abused or assaulted may struggle with a range of anxiety-related issues, including fear of an event or location related to where the assault occurred.
In some cases, the connection between the trauma and the resultant anxiety disorder may be obvious, while in other cases it may take significant time in therapy before the underlying trauma becomes evident. In both such situations, treatment can provide the therapeutic services that can help these individuals overcome their turmoil.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment in the Santa Fe/Albuquerque Area
Watching a loved one struggle with an anxiety disorder can be a profoundly difficult experience. In many cases, this difficulty can be compounded by the confusion about the cause of these symptoms, and a lack of information about the existence of possible solutions. The good news is that there are several steps that loved ones can take that may make a real and lasting difference in the life of a friend or family member who is struggling with an anxiety disorder:
- Educate yourself. The first step toward finding a solution is understanding the specific nature of the problem. In the case of anxiety disorders, it is important to learn all you can about the potential causes of your loved one’s problem, along with how best to respond to symptoms until your loved one can get the help he or she needs.
- Research rehab centers and other treatment options. Realizing that a loved one may need to get help for an anxiety disorder is an important first step, but it is just one of many steps that will need to be taken. As you learn more about your loved one’s condition, make sure that you are also discovering the types and levels of treatment that may best meet his or her needs.
- Be supportive. Your loved one is in a state of distress and may not be able to respond in what appears to be a healthy or productive manner. Understand that his or her responses will not always reflect actual hopes or feelings, but instead may be the manifestation of the symptoms of the disorder he or she is struggling with.
- Be realistic. Anxiety disorders can be complex problems that resist quick or simple solutions. Do not expect that you will be able to solve your loved one’s problems merely by meaning well and acting in a supportive manner. There will be obstacles and setbacks. Make sure that you have realistic expectations regarding your loved one’s progress.
- Get help. Do not try to be the sole source of support for your loved one. Enlist other trusted friends and family members to form a support network – both for your loved one and for each other. Self-care is an essential component of caring for an individual in crisis.
- Talk to your loved one. Treatment is not a passive experience. Involve your loved one in what you are learning, express your compassion and concern, and let him or her know that solutions are available. Just like treatment is not a one-day experience, neither should this discussion be a one-time chat. Engage in an ongoing dialogue to ensure that you are aligned with your loved one’s struggles and needs, and that he or she is aware of what you are doing and how much you care.
To summarize this advice: Be compassionate, be consistent, be informed, and be realistic. Anxiety disorders present a host of challenges to sufferers and loved ones. By approaching this challenge with information, compassion, and a dedication to be a long-term positive presence, you can play an essential role in improving the quality of your loved one’s life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center, Serving Santa Fe & Albuquerque, NM
With an unwavering dedication to providing clinical excellence within every facet of treatment, Life Healing Center supplies care that is effective in treating trauma-related concerns, mental health conditions, addictions to drugs and/or alcohol, and co-occurring intimacy disorders. Men and women, aged 18 and older, who wish to improve their lives and learn the skills needed to function without the physical and emotional turmoil that is known to arise when such concerns are present can partake in our innovative programming to achieve the healing they need. Our team of experienced professionals, which is comprised of a board certified adult psychiatrist, therapists, nurses, clinical technicians, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and ancillary therapists, is committed to providing culturally-sensitive, effective, and compassionate treatment so that clients can leave our center with improved overall wellness.
When you begin treatment at Life Healing Center, which is located not far from Albuquerque in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you will embark on a truly life-changing experience that is tailored to meet your specific and unique needs. Our thorough assessments will gather pertinent information, identify the most pressing concerns that are plaguing you, and reveal underlying contributors that have led to your seeking treatment at our pioneering center. This information will be used to devise an individualized treatment plan, which will then be put into action after you have been assigned to one of our three Core Programs. Our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Program are all designed to care for specific treatment needs and can include the following effective therapeutic interventions and approaches:
Detoxification services: If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol in addition to suffering from the symptoms of anxiety disorders, detox may be necessary before you engage in our residential rehab programming. These services involve ridding the body of the toxic substances that have contributed to an addiction so that you are then able to embark on the path to recovery with a clear mind. A team of professionals supervises these services so as to minimize any risks involved, and every effort will be put forth to make you as comfortable as possible. These services are recommended on a case-by-case basis and the need for this service will be discussed prior to formulating a finalized treatment plan.
Medication management: When a person is battling a mental health condition, such as an anxiety disorder, that causes severe symptoms that cannot be treated via therapies alone, certain medications may be recommended as part of a client’s treatment plan. Our highly trained psychiatrist will evaluate you to determine if you are in need of medication. If it is determined that this will be beneficial in alleviating your symptoms, the psychiatrist can then prescribe the appropriate medication, and will then monitor its effectiveness. Medications prescribed, as well as dosages given, can be altered depending on your response to them, and decisions to make changes to medications can be discussed when meetings occur with our psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: In order to give you the one-on-one time you need to process your past and current experiences while at our center, you will have the opportunity to partake in individual therapy sessions with a therapist. These sessions can be a time to establish individual goals, process victories and setbacks, and work on skills building within the sanctity of a one-on-one therapeutic relationship.
Family therapy: Available on an as-needed basis, family therapy sessions are designed to heal relationships with those closest to you. Your assigned primary therapist will be responsible for conducting these sessions. The overarching goals for this treatment method are to instill healthy communication skills, resolve conflict, and foster a strong network of support that can serve you and your loved ones well for a lifetime.
Group therapy: An integral part of the care offered at Life Healing Center is the inclusion of group therapy within our rehab programming for the treatment of anxiety. This treatment method will allow you to receive support and learn from others who have had similar struggles. The various types of groups that are available can include the following:
- Creative Recovery
- Mood disorders
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
- Substance use
- Elemental Integration
The following topics are among those that may be covered in these various groups:
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Healthy lifestyles
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Conflict resolution
- Living in balance
- Preparing for discharge
- Emotion regulation
- Relapse prevention
Experiential therapy: Designed to increase our client’s awareness of the mind, body, and spirit connection, Life Healing Center offers various experiential therapies. With the ability to foster true healing, the following are among the experiential therapies our rehab programs feature:
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Led by contracted ancillary therapists, our residential programming options feature the following, which are proven effective in helping to further clients along in the healing process at Life Healing Center:
- Massage therapy
- Shamanic drumming
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
The multidisciplinary staff members who comprise our treatment teams are one of the key factors that make Life Healing Center such a special place to recover from the symptoms of anxiety. These exemplary staff members include Master’s level therapists, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Additionally, we employ a number of professionals who hold specialty certifications in various therapeutic practices that offer a multitude of unique treatment interventions. These professionals include the following:
- Art therapists
- EMDR practitioners
- Breathwork practitioners
- Reiki practitioners
- Recreational therapists
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- Equine therapists
- Native American Shamans
The combination of treatment methods and interventions that can be incorporated into your treatment plan is determined prior to starting your rehab experience at Life Healing Center. However, if certain therapeutic interventions are deemed appropriate during the course of treatment, revisions can be made to your plan so as to provide you with the most effective care and positive treatment experience possible.
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
From the moment you begin treatment at Life Healing Center, the discharge planning process starts. During the course of treatment, we will continually assess your ongoing needs so as to recommend the most appropriate support for when you leave our center. Establishing an aftercare plan is a collaborative effort that occurs between you and your primary therapist. We also offer discharge planning groups during treatment in order to effectively prepare you for discharge. It is our goal to make sure that you leave our treatment center with the confidence and skills needed to prevent the recurrence of problematic symptoms and behaviors, as well as the confidence to continue the progress made while in our care.
If you feel that you or your loved one may be battling an anxiety disorder, another mental health condition, an addiction to substances, trauma-related distress, and/or a co-occurring intimacy disorder, and could benefit from our innovative and specialized programming options, give us a call today for more information or to begin the process of admissions. At Life Healing Center, we want to help put you or a loved one back on the path towards a happy, healthy, and productive life.