Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a debilitating illness that affects every part of your life. Individuals with this disorder can experience anxiety so severe that it prevents them from being able to leave the house. The fear that anxiety can occur at any moment leaves an individual trapped in state of constant worrying. Living in this state of constant worry and fear is distressing and exhausting. At Blue Ridge we understand how difficult it can be to deal with your anxiety.
Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder in which an individual experiences an excessive amount of anxiety and fear over every day occurrences. The worries associated with GAD are much more extreme and distressing than what is considered to be a normal amount of worrying. Many times the cause of the anxiety cannot be determined and seems to appear out of nowhere. Individuals with GAD usually have a difficult time controlling their anxiety which can create feelings of hopelessness.
If not treated properly the effects of generalized anxiety disorder can lead to greater suffering. People with GAD can have difficulty carrying out daily tasks, have lowered self-esteem, and feel isolated from friends and family. Additionally, they may start withdrawing from activities once enjoyed and are at a loss for how to make things right again.
The empathetic staff at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center is here to help you sort through your anxiety so you no longer have to live your life wondering when your next anxiety attack will occur.
Why Should You Consider Residential Treatment at Blue Ridge
At Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center, our residential treatment program is unsurpassed and has helped many individuals safely work through their anxiety and emerge the other side. Blue Ridge residential center was created to allow you to focus on your recovery without the stressors of the outside world.
We are located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, which offers a beautiful environment where you can safely begin your healing process. Our holistic treatment approach ensures that you will get the most comprehensive treatment for GAD available. We want you to feel comfortable and supported throughout your stay with us. The treatment team here is ready to help you take charge of your life so you can create a happier future.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Blue Ride Mountain Recovery Center offers multidimensional residential treatment programs that place an emphasis on treating the individual as a whole. Instead of focusing on your symptoms, we see you as a unique individual with much to offer. You are much more than your anxiety disorder.
The friendly staff at Blue Ridge will take the time to get to know you on a personal level so that we can develop an individualized treatment plan. We take the necessary time to determine your emotional, social, spiritual, physical, social, and vocational needs. Additionally, we will help you to recognize the strengths you already have which will allow you to take control of your recovery.
Types of Therapy we Use to Treat Generalized Anxiety
Blue Ridge offers a number of options for anxiety treatment that are available through our residential treatment programs. Through our experience in treating individuals with generalized anxiety disorder we have learned that the best way to treat this disorder is to use a combination of medication management, therapeutic methods, and experiential programs.
Medication may be used initially while you are learning to better cope with your anxiety symptoms. By getting your symptoms under control you can better engage in your therapy. Once new coping skills have been learned many individuals are able to reduce or even omit the use of medication. Sometimes long-term medication use is required. Medication management will be determined by your treatment team.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you to identify negative ways of thinking that may be contributing to your anxiety. By altering destructive thought patterns to more positive ways of thinking you can begin to alter your behaviors for the better.
Reality-based therapy (RT) focuses upon issues that you are currently struggling with. You will be taught problem-solving techniques that will be practiced through exercises such as role playing. These techniques will help you to work through your current struggles and overcome your anxiety.
Individual therapy offers the opportunity to work through concerns about your anxiety in a more intimate setting. By working closely with a therapist you will learn to cope with your daily anxiety and become aware of what may trigger the anxiety.
Group therapy is an essential part of the treatment process because it allows you to connect with others who are having anxiety problems of their own. Together you can work on coping strategies and identify potential anxiety triggers. Working closely with others helps you re-learn how to interact with other individuals while gaining support at the same time. Blue Ridge offers process and psycho-educational groups centered on a variety of topics.
Family is an important part of your recovery treatment. Family sessions will be used to help identify and work through any problematic family dynamics that may have added to your anxiety. If you are not on good terms with your family we will try to help reconnect you and mend the damaged relationships. We also hold a 2-day intensive family workshop where your family members will learn about your anxiety disorder and how they can contribute to your recovery process.
We also provide additional non-traditional methods to assist with your recovery. These include:
- Recreational programming
- Guided meditation
- A.A. and N.A.
- Art programming
- Spiritual therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Role playing
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
Once you have completed the residential treatment program and are ready to leave our healing center you will work with your treatment team to establish an aftercare plan.
Together you will decided which aftercare option is best for you and we will make sure that everything is in place before discharge. This will allow the transition into a new program to be a smooth as possible.
For some individuals the next step in their recovery process is a highly-structured outpatient program such as a Partial Hospital Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). These types of programs provide less structure than residential programs, but still offer a variety of therapeutic services to help you continue to recover from GAD.
If you are returning home, we will connect you with a local outpatient provider, set up an appointment time, and give you the name of the contact person so that there are no lapses in your recovery. We will also connect you with community services and support groups so that you are able to receive continuous support.