Here at Rites of Passage NW, we do not always believe that medication is the answer. Many facilities are quick to medicate both teenagers and adults who are newly getting sober. We believe that can muddy the brain, and perhaps make it tougher to recover.
One major co-occurring disorder and problem facing young people is anxiety. Teens have anxiety about their lovelife, about their parents, their weight, their friends – name it, and teens are anxious about it. However, some teens have more than just trepidation and anxiety, and some have a deeper issue. Untreated anxiety often leads to drinking and drugs, and the pitfalls of addiction. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we aim to treat anxiety naturally, before attempting medication treatment.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, otherwise known as DBT, is an excellent way to combat anxiety naturally. By changing the way a person thinks and their habits, often anxiety can be controlled. We also use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, in order to help teens. Every case is different.
Anxiety can also be related to other deeper problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder, among others. Our expert therapists and medial staff zero in on each teen’s individual symptoms to provide the most help.
Common symptoms may include trouble concentrating, a persistent sense of fear, detachment, restlessness, avoidance, and many others.
Physical symptoms may also be present with anxiety. Teens may feel an elevated heart rate. During a panic attack, patients often report symptoms similar to that of a heart attack. All of these anxiety symptoms are interconnected, and can be alleviated with time and patience.
Through group and individual therapy combined with the absence of drugs and alcohol, teens can be free from anxiety after learning coping skills in our long-term program. To find out more about Rites of Passage NW, DBT, and anxiety treatment, please call us today at (800)794-0980 to speak with a caring professional.