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Asana Lodge provides specialist help for people requiring anxiety and addiction treatment in London. According to mental health charity Mind, one in six people in England report having a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, in any given week.
Fortunately, awareness of anxiety disorders is increasing with more people openly discussing their mental health issues. But stigma still surrounds the subject and not everyone finds it easy to talk openly about their struggles.
At Asana Lodge we provide a specialist residential centre for dual diagnosis treatment in London which helps those suffering from a range of mental health disorders and substance addictions.
We understand your battle is real and we will give you the best chance of recovery. On this page we detail:
- The causes of anxiety
- The different types of anxiety
- What to expect from anxiety treatment in London
What is anxiety?
People suffering with anxiety experience an irrational fear or panic. Often, it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as depression.
Experiencing fear or panic is perfectly normal in certain situations. For example, if you were to walk into a room and found yourself face-to-face with a tiger, the heightened sense of fear – and the accompanying adrenaline rush – will ensure you get out of the room as quickly as possible.
Adrenaline is a hormone released by the adrenal glands and its major purpose is to prepare the body for fight or flight. However, anxiety sufferers experience the same feeling at times when it has no practical use. Consequently, it can negatively affect your ability to function in everyday life. For example, holding down a job or maintaining relationships can be very difficult.
For persistent anxiety sufferers, their adrenal glands are constantly releasing the hormone even at times when it’s not needed. This can lead to physical symptoms such as tiredness, heavy sweating, insomnia and muscle tension.
The causes of anxiety can vary greatly. It could be caused by past traumatic events, drugs and medications, current life situation or other physical and mental health issues. Some sufferers find it very difficult to identify the cause at all. The impact of anxiety can lead to substance abuse problems, as anxiety sufferers attempt to self medicate with drugs and alcohol.
Our expert team at Asana Lodge provides anxiety and addiction treatment in London as a dual diagnosis treatment. We understand that every anxiety and addiction sufferer is different and requires a treatment programme tailored to their specific needs.
There is a range of different anxiety disorders, including:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
This is the most common anxiety disorder. The main symptom is extreme worry about different events or activities. Hyper-alertness and the feeling of being ‘on edge’ is very common.
Sufferers of Panic Disorder will experience panic attacks for no logical reason. They can be incredibly frightening which often leads to a fear of it happening again. The result is a cycle of worry, tension and panic which is difficult to break without professional help.
Social anxiety disorder
This is marked by intense fear or dread of social situations, including meetings, public speaking, regular socialising or any other situation which involves meeting people. Symptoms include blushing, body tremors, shaky voice and heavy sweating.
Other disorders include:
- Phobias: The overwhelming fear of an object, place, situation or animal.
- Agoraphobia: An overwhelming fear of places where it’s hard to escape, such as confined spaces, crowded rooms, public spaces, public transport.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Obsessive and/or compulsive thoughts or feelings about objects, actions, people or places which are impossible to ignore and make you distressed or anxious.
- Skin picking (dermatillomania): An individual may frequently pick at their skin even if the skin is healthy.
- Hair-pulling (trichotillomania): A strong urge to pull out hair even though there is no underlying problem, such as an itchy scalp.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): An extreme insecurity about the way an individual looks which impacts your everyday life.
What happens during anxiety treatment in London?
Whatever form of anxiety you struggle with, the good news is: it’s treatable. At Asana Lodge, we provide you with dual diagnosis treatment to address both addiction and anxiety issues. We begin by giving you the space to talk about the anxiety issues you experience and how it’s impacted on your life, including your relationship with drugs or alcohol and the relationship between them. There is no judgement. This is your chance to speak openly in a supportive and understanding environment.
We provide a full physical and psychological assessment so that we can determine the precise nature of your anxiety and addiction, and its consequences. Importantly, we use this information to develop a dual diagnosis treatment programme which addresses all the different aspects of your anxiety and addiction. This ensures you receive the most effective treatment in London.
There is a range of different therapies we may use as part of your recovery programme. Here are three of them:
Meditation and CBT
Meditation and CBT are two forms of treatment which have been practised for decades across different cultures. They are now very much accepted in mainstream health practices – including the NHS.
Some studies have shown that CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is more effective than medication at treating anxiety, but outcomes can vary depending on the individual. During CBT you will speak to a qualified professional who will help you get to the root causes of your anxiety and the thought processes that trigger the anxiety, as well as your relationship with drugs and alcohol.
Applied relaxation techniques are a physical means of tackling your addiction and anxiety issues. A medical professional will work with you to train your muscles to relax in situations which usually cause anxiety. Combined with CBT this can be a very effective means of tackling the psychological and physical aspects.
We may turn to low dosage medication if the above techniques have failed to deliver positive results. Some medication can be used short-term or long-term depending on the individual case. One of our clinical professionals will advise on the best course. The use of medication is evaluated on an ongoing basis.
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