How Can I Cope with Anxiety Without Drinking or Using?

Coping With Anxiety

Addicts and alcoholics are known for experiencing bouts of anxiety before and after getting clean and sober. It’s unclear whether disorders such as anxiety and depression were precursors to addiction until we are assessed, addiction caused them, or it brought them out. Either way, it’s something many of us in recovery have to address, whether or not we have a co-occurring disorder.

If you have been used to dealing with anxiety through prescription medications, such as benzodiazepines (benzos), it may come as a shock that some treatment centers do not allow clients to use these medications. The only use for benzos in treatment is for tapering off drugs and alcohol, and not for anxiety. Don’t worry, you won’t be left hanging out to dry, trying to figure out how to deal with anxiety when you leave.

Relieving Anxiety

In treatment, we are taught various techniques and tools to better prepare ourselves for the outside world. Some of these are specifically aimed at relieving anxiety, and the more you practice, the easier they become. Meditation is a great habit to get in, especially when you start your day. Many of us feel we’re not good at it, but that doesn’t matter. If you practice setting some time aside and quieting your mind, you will get the hang of it.

Stress is a big part of anxiety, and finding a way to reduce the amount of stress in your life can go a long way. It’s especially helpful to do something you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, jogging, reading, swimming, or going for a bike ride, all have the ability to calm your nerves and give your thoughts some breathing room.

Speaking of breathing, you may be taught different techniques to use your breath to lessen anxiety and reduce feelings of fear and panic that may be building. Grounding techniques are also helpful, particularly in moments when you may feel a panic attack arising.

When we choose recovery, we also choose to handle life’s problems differently. There are alternatives to treating anxiety, and in the long run, they can add to the overall health of your mind and body. If you are struggling with anxiety and addiction, we can help you. You don’t have to live in misery ever again, just give us a call and get started on the path toward peace and serenity in recovery.




The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers private, residential care. Our program brings together recovery and non recovery focused treatments to help clients heal and learn how to live life again, without drugs and alcohol. Call us today for information: 877.762.3707


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