Anxiety and Addiction Treatment | Banyan Chicago Rehab

When an individual suffers from anxiety, panic disorders, and addiction simultaneously, it’s referred to as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. People who suffer from panic disorders or anxiety in addition to addiction may require a specific form of treatment that targets the facets of both their mental illness and their substance abuse disorder. The symptoms of addiction, anxiety, and panic disorders are different, and each may be brought on for different reasons. Our Chicago addiction treatment center offers treatment for panic disorders, anxiety, and substance abuse that can help people battling these types of co-occurring disorders recover.

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Addiction

Anxiety disorders are some of the most common co-occurring disorders among individuals with substance use disorders. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), people with anxiety disorders are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop an addiction.1

Additionally, about 20 percent of people with a substance use disorder also have a mood or anxiety disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, any of which contribute to substance abuse.

However, there are certain forms of anxiety that are most often linked to substance abuse, such as social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and panic disorder. An attempt to self-medicate anxiety disorders is the main reason people develop a co-occurring panic disorder or anxiety and addiction.

There are also many anti-anxiety medications that are addictive, such as benzodiazepines. Commonly prescribed addictive anti-anxiety drugs include Xanax, Halcion, Ativan, and Klonopin.

Medications in this drug class are often used to treat anxiety and panic disorders because they have a relaxing or sedative effect on the brain. Although benzos are effective and safe when taken as prescribed, individuals who become overwhelmed by their symptoms or become tolerant of their medication’s effects may start to abuse them, eventually becoming addicted.

Additionally, the relaxing feeling produced by benzos, while effective in treating anxiety, can also lead to addictive behaviors. As a result, many people become addicted to anxiety meds.

Having both addiction and anxiety or panic disorder can complicate the recovery process for either condition, with the symptoms of one disorder worsening the symptoms of the other. Our Chicago rehab center offers co-occurring disorder treatment for anxiety and addiction that makes recovery possible.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

While the signs of addiction are largely dependent on the substance being abused, panic and anxiety symptoms are different. Individuals with these conditions are often under severe distress. Depending on the severity of their condition, they may be easily triggered by certain situations or people.

The most common of these symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Chest pains
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling of Unease
  • Stomach Pain
  • Uncontrollable Shaking
  • Hot Flashes
  • Dizziness
  • Paranoia
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Trouble Regulating Breathing

In most dual diagnosis cases, the person’s substance abuse stems from their attempts to self-medicate and cope with the symptoms of their mental illness. Rather than receive drug or alcohol addiction treatment or mental health help, they try to alleviate the side effects of their condition with drinking or drug abuse.

For many people who struggle with panic, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse, quitting drugs or alcohol can potentially worsen symptoms of mental illness. In these cases, the best thing the individual can do is get anxiety/panic disorder and addiction treatment at our Illinois rehab facility

Anxiety and Recovery From Addiction

At Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago, our panic disorder/anxiety and addiction treatment program involve individual and group therapy sessions, offers education on both disorders and addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, and more. From addressing the possible sources of the individual’s mental illness and addiction to incorporating breathing techniques for anxiety attacks, our specialists leave no stone unturned.

Additionally, because support from loved ones is important and beneficial to recovery, we include the addict’s loved ones in these programs via our family program. This allows addicts to make amends for any hurt they may have caused others, and family members will have the opportunity to learn about addiction and actively contribute to the person’s recovery.

We also incorporate additional unique addiction therapy programs like CBT and DBT into patients’ overall treatment plans to ensure they have everything they need to succeed in their recovery journey. Our goal for our panic/anxiety and addiction treatment is to help patients overcome their disorders.

Mental health plays a key role in recovery and sustaining sobriety. At Banyan rehab center in Chicago, we want to support our patients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth. The more supported our patients feel, the more encouraged they will feel about continuing their recovery.


If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, help is just a phone call away. Contact Banyan Chicago today for more information about our rehab facility, addiction treatment, and mental health care options.



  1. ADAA – Substance Use


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