Everyone experiences anxiety at certain points in their lives. However, generalized anxiety involves pervasive or constant stress that prevents a person from living their best life. When generalized anxiety becomes unmanageable, nearly every facet of a person’s life is affected.
If you feel paralyzed by worry, our anxiety therapy program at Crestview recovery offers innovative, solution-focused anxiety therapy. Contact 866.262.0531 to learn more about mental health treatment in Portland.
What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder involves intense fear and anxiety related to certain activities or events. Difficulty controlling these fears frequently leads to restlessness, fatigue, muscle tension, indigestion, insomnia, and irritability. Generalized anxiety disorder is a common mental health condition, and its short- and long-term side effects impact the way we approach challenges, connect with others, feel about ourselves, and view the world. If feeling anxious causes problems in your life, our anxiety counseling program at Crestview offers outpatient anxiety treatment programs are designed to help clients manage the fears that are holding them back.
Feeling Anxious? You’re Not Alone
People cope with anxiety in so many ways. Some ways promote growth, while others keep people feeling stuck and powerless. In therapy, you may be surprised to learn that many of the things that make you angry actually make you anxious. Different people respond to anxiety in different ways, including:
- Mood changes
- Feelings of guilt
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Feeling hopeless
- Need for control
These symptoms can be overwhelming at times, causing many people to feel that they cannot function as they once did. Fortunately, with the help of our mental health treatment center, you can find the tools to overcome your anxiety and move into the future with hope and confidence.
Can Outpatient Anxiety Therapy Help Me?
If you feel paralyzed by anxiety, you may feel like you have tried everything. At Crestview, our staff is committed to providing empathetic, compassionate care for people with generalized anxiety and other mental health conditions. When you attend therapy for anxiety at Crestview, you will be meeting with a therapist for one-on-one sessions along with attending anxiety group counseling sessions several times per week.
In your discussions with your therapist, you will discuss the root causes of your anxiety, meditation and calming techniques, balancing thoughts and emotions, and effective communication strategies. At Crestview, our team has years of experience finding supportive solutions for our clients’ anxiety issues.
We offer a broad range of programs for individuals suffering from anxiety and related disorders. These include:
- Depression treatment
- Panic disorder treatment
- Trauma therapy programs
- Medication-assisted treatment
An anxiety treatment program typically starts by determining how anxiety impacts a person’s life along with its root causes. You will begin your anxiety counseling during a therapy session with a trained psychotherapist. They will understand your condition and be able to explain to you how anxiety affects your life. They will listen to why you feel anxious and get a better understanding of the type of disorder you may have. You could be suffering from either social or other generalized anxiety disorders.
Levels of Mental Healthcare
At Crestview Recovery, we have an anxiety treatment program that can help manage your addiction. We offer multiple levels of treatment, including:
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient therapy
- Outpatient anxiety counseling
Our treatment specialists are master-level experts with years of experience in their field. We are also fully accredited by the Joint Commission, which ensures quality and safety. And our inclusive Portland mental health center is a place of healing, hope, and connection.
“I can’t speak highly enough about Crestview. I am helping my brother navigate his road to recovery from a horrible addiction to alcoholism. He has been in and out of various levels of treatment facilities for about five years but what makes Crestview so special is that his ‘care team’ truly cares about him and communicates with me when I have concerns or questions. It is quite rare to have the unending support of educated and compassionate people that I can talk to and troubleshoot issues with. They communicate better than any facility that my brother has been to over the last five years and they do so with incredible empathy. They have become my second family. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I recommend Crestview Recovery for struggling addicts that want to feel that their lives truly matter because they do!”
Anxiety & Chemical Dependency
People with unmanaged stress may develop a harmful chemical dependency through their attempts to medically control their anxiety. Benzodiazepines, opioids, and tranquilizers alleviate anxiety but they also impair cognition. It is so easy to mix up medication schedules when you aren’t thinking clearly. Many extremely successful people gradually become addicted to prescription drugs because their families don’t recognize the warning signs until the person loses their ability to function.
Drugs like fentanyl, Xanax, and alcohol prevent people from feeling anxious, but they do nothing to help manage the underlying sources of a person’s anxiety. As a result, people miss out on opportunities for growth. Failing to develop necessary coping skills makes it even more challenging to manage stress and anxiety. Finding the right combination of medications can make a tremendous difference. Our psychiatrists at Crestview are committed to helping people effectively manage their medications.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.