Understanding How Anxiety Disorder Works and Its Impact on Addiction

Explore effective treatments for your anxiety disorder and begin your journey to a calmer, more balanced life with Vista Taos Renewal Center.

What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders stand as one of the most prevalent mental health conditions globally, affecting millions each year.
Characterized by excessive fear, worry, and a variety of physical symptoms, these disorders can profoundly disrupt daily life, impacting relationships, work productivity, and overall well-being.1

The burden is not only psychological; it extends to physical health as well. An anxiety disorder can increase the risk of co-occurring disorders, such as heart disease and depression.2

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Crafting Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorder Needs

Understanding the extensive reach and profound impact of anxiety disorders is essential for fostering effective treatment approaches. At Vista Taos Renewal Center, we’re committed to a holistic healing approach that addresses the entire spectrum of the individual’s health – mental, physical, and spiritual.
Rooted in a philosophy that views healing as a personal and transformative journey, our New Mexico team offers tailored therapies that integrate traditional medical treatments with alternative modalities.
This integrative approach ensures that each individual’s unique needs are met, fostering a path to recovery that is as compassionate as it is effective.

Anxiety Disorder: Types, Causes, and Distinctions

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions that involve excessive fear or worry that affects a person’s daily activities.
They are some of the most common mental health issues, with several different types:
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This involves chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.
  • Panic Disorder: Characterized by repeated episodes of sudden, intense fear that come on quickly and peak within minutes (panic attacks). These episodes can include palpitations, sweating, shaking, and feelings of doom or loss of control.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: This is a severe fear of social or performance situations, where one worries about embarrassment, judgment, or rejection by others.

Causes and Risk Factors of Anxiety Disorder

An anxiety disorder can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
  • Genetics
  • Brain chemistry
  • Personality
  • Life events
  • Trauma
  • Environmental stressors

Anxiety disorder often occurs alongside other conditions, such as addiction and trauma. For example, someone with an anxiety disorder might turn to alcohol or drugs to relieve their anxiety, which can lead to addiction.

Similarly, experiencing trauma can lead to an anxiety disorder, and having an anxiety disorder can make a person more vulnerable to trauma. This makes it important to treat not just the anxiety disorder but any co-occurring conditions as well.

How Vista Taos Treats Anxiety Disorder

Vista Taos Renewal Center adopts a pioneering approach to the treatment of anxiety disorders, emphasizing an integrative and whole-person strategy.

This method recognizes that effective treatment must go beyond addressing just the symptoms; it must delve into the emotional, psychological, and physiological roots of anxiety. By focusing on these foundational aspects, Vista Taos ensures a more comprehensive and lasting healing process.

Crafting Personalized Treatment for Anxiety Disorder Needs

At Vista Taos, each client receives a personalized treatment plan specifically designed to meet their unique needs and symptoms. The process begins with a thorough assessment conducted by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
This team may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and holistic therapists who work collaboratively to understand the full scope of the individual’s anxiety.
The treatment plans at Vista Taos are dynamic and include a variety of therapeutic modalities to ensure a well-rounded approach. Traditional psychotherapy and medication management are often complemented by alternative practices such as mindfulness training and yoga.

Addressing Underlying and Co-Occurring Symptoms

Importantly, Vista Taos places a strong emphasis on the importance of exploring and addressing underlying issues that may contribute to the development of anxiety disorders. This might include unresolved trauma, stress management issues, or lifestyle imbalances.
By addressing these underlying factors, Vista Taos helps clients not only manage their symptoms but also build a more resilient foundation for their mental health and anxiety disorder recovery.
This holistic and personalized approach ensures that treatment is not only effective but also sustainable, empowering individuals to reclaim control over their anxiety and their lives.

Individualized Care Based on Comprehensive Assessments

When a person is admitted to Vista Taos for treatment of an anxiety disorder, they begin with an in-depth initial assessment process. This crucial first step helps our knowledgeable and compassionate team understand the individual’s specific needs and the nature of their anxiety.
Here’s what that process generally involves:

Initial Interview

Upon arrival, clients meet with a mental health professional for a detailed interview. This conversation helps to map out the client’s mental health history, their experiences with anxiety, and any immediate concerns that need addressing.

Medical Evaluation

Clients also undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation. This check-up assesses physical health, as it’s important to rule out any medical conditions that might be influencing the person’s mental health.

Psychological Assessment

A detailed psychological assessment follows, often involving tests or standardized questionnaires. These help in diagnosing the specific type of anxiety disorder and any other co-occurring issues, like depression or substance use.

Holistic Assessment

To complement the traditional assessments, a holistic evaluation is also conducted. This might look into lifestyle factors, diet, physical activity, and spiritual practices, understanding how these might be impacting the client’s anxiety.

Further Treatment Planning

The information gathered from these assessments is shared with a multidisciplinary team. This team typically includes:
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Counselors
  • Holistic therapists
Based on the collective insights of the team, a personalized treatment plan is crafted for each client. This plan integrates evidence-based therapies with holistic modalities. This integration ensures that treatment addresses not just the symptoms but also the underlying factors.
This thorough initial assessment and the subsequent personalized treatment plan are central to Vista Taos’s commitment to providing individualized, comprehensive care. By combining a wide range of therapeutic approaches, we offer effective and responsive care tailored to the unique needs of each client.

Exploring Effective Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorder

At Vista Taos Renewal Center, treatment for anxiety disorder is grounded in a range of evidence-based therapies known for their effectiveness in managing and treating anxiety.
Each of these therapies offers unique benefits and insights, helping individuals to understand and cope with their anxiety symptoms.
Here’s a closer look at some of the key therapies we use:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the concept that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that changing negative thought patterns can lead to changes in feelings and behaviors.
CBT helps individuals identify and challenge their distorted beliefs and irrational thinking, which are often at the core of anxiety. Through techniques like cognitive restructuring, clients learn to replace these thoughts with more realistic and positive ones, thereby reducing the anxiety they experience.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Originally developed for borderline personality disorder, DBT has proven effective for treating a range of issues, including anxiety. It emphasizes the development of skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
DBT helps individuals accept their feelings and teaches them skills to manage intense emotions and reduce conflicts in relationships, which can often be sources of anxiety.3

Trauma-Focused Therapies

These therapies are specifically designed to address anxiety stemming from trauma. Trauma-focused therapies help individuals process and integrate traumatic memories, reducing the long-term impact of trauma on emotional and psychological well-being.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

MET is used particularly in cases where anxiety co-occurs with substance abuse. It helps clients overcome ambivalence about engaging in treatment and making behavioral changes, enhancing their motivation through personalized feedback and goal-setting.
By integrating these diverse therapies, Vista Taos Renewal Center ensures that each individual’s treatment plan is tailored not just to their symptoms but also to their personal experiences and background.

Exploring Alternative Methods for Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Vista Taos Renewal Center embraces holistic therapies as essential complements to traditional treatments for anxiety disorders, recognizing the profound interconnectedness of mind and body.

Psychodrama Therapy

This therapy involves role-playing, re-enactment, and dramatization to help individuals express feelings, gain insights into their behaviors, and explore solutions to their problems.
By acting out significant life events, clients can confront anxieties and work through them in a safe, therapeutic environment.

Mindfulness Practices

These involve techniques that encourage individuals to remain present and fully engage with the current moment without judgment. Mindfulness helps reduce the ruminative thinking that often fuels anxiety, enabling a calmer state of mind.


This ancient practice combines physical postures, breath control, and meditation. It’s particularly effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety as it improves physical flexibility, enhances breath awareness, and boosts concentration.
Yoga sessions at Vista Taos are designed to help individuals develop a greater awareness of their body’s responses to stress, teaching them how to manage their anxiety through physical movement and alignment.4


Regular meditation practice fosters a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind, which can counteract the incessant anxiety-driven chatter in the brain. By training the mind to focus on a single point of reference, such as breathing or a mantra, meditation helps break the cycle of worry and fear.

Holistic Therapy for Anxiety Disorder Treatment at Vista Taos

These holistic approaches address the mind-body connection by promoting healing that begins internally, impacting both mental and physical states. Integrating these practices into anxiety disorder treatment contributes to a more grounded, peaceful, and balanced lifestyle.
Through these therapeutic modalities, Vista Taos helps individuals achieve a state of holistic health, where emotional, physical, and mental well-being are in harmony.

Dual Diagnosis Considerations in Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Dual diagnosis, where individuals suffer from both mental health disorders and substance use disorders, is particularly common in those with an anxiety disorder.
This overlap is often due to individuals attempting to self-medicate their symptoms of anxiety with alcohol or drugs, which, while providing temporary relief, can lead to addiction and worsen the mental health condition over time.

Dual Diagnosis and Anxiety Disorder Treatment at Vista Taos

Vista Taos Renewal Center recognizes the complexity of treating dual diagnosis clients and employs an integrated approach to address both the substance use and the anxiety disorder concurrently.
This method ensures that both disorders are treated as interlinked issues rather than in isolation, which is crucial for effective recovery and reducing the risk of relapse.
This comprehensive care model at Vista Taos aims to equip clients with the tools necessary for managing their anxiety disorder symptoms in a healthy, sustainable way. This process aims to promote long-term recovery and improve overall quality of life.

Life Skills and Coping Strategies for Anxiety Disorder

For individuals with an anxiety disorder, learning coping skills and stress management techniques is crucial. These skills help them handle stressful situations without overwhelming anxiety and reduce the likelihood of turning to unhealthy behaviors for relief.
Vista Taos Renewal Center emphasizes the importance of these skills in our treatment programs. Clients learn how to:
  • Set realistic goals
  •  Improve communication skills
  • Effectively work through problems and triggers
These strategies contribute to stronger mental health and personal empowerment.

Relapse Prevention Options in Treatment

Additionally, Vista Taos incorporates relapse prevention strategies into our treatment plans. These strategies are especially important for individuals dealing with both an anxiety disorder and substance use.
Clients are taught to recognize the early signs of relapse into unhealthy thoughts or behaviors and to apply coping mechanisms that help maintain their recovery and mental health stability.
By integrating these practices, Vista Taos helps individuals not only manage their anxiety disorder but also build a resilient foundation for a healthier, more balanced life.
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Your Path to Healing Begins Here

Beginning your journey to healing from an anxiety disorder can feel daunting, but with the right support and guidance, it is entirely possible. Vista Taos Renewal Center offers a compassionate, supportive environment tailored to help you confront and manage your anxiety disorder.
By choosing Vista Taos, you are not just receiving treatment; you are taking a significant step toward reclaiming your life and finding peace.

Our Compassionate Team Is Here to Help

At Vista Taos, you will find a team of dedicated professionals ready to work with you using an integrated approach that combines evidence-based therapies with holistic practices designed to treat both your mind and body.

Each treatment plan is personalized to meet your specific needs, ensuring that you receive the most effective care possible.

Reach Out to Us Today

We invite you to take the first step towards healing and tranquility. Contact Vista Taos today to learn more about how our programs can help you manage your anxiety disorder and lead a fulfilling life.
Let us help you embark on a path of recovery and self-discovery in a serene and healing environment. Your journey to peace begins with Vista Taos.
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