Anxiety Treatment in Massachusetts

Medically Reviewed

Jack Maroney

Medically reviewed by Jack Maroney, MSHCA, LADC1

Written by Lake Ave Recovery Staff
Updated on June 11, 2024

Anxiety disorders have become the most common type of mental health disorder in the United States. According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders affect 40 million people aged 18 and older annually. Unfortunately, only 36.9 percent of those affected by anxiety seek treatment. At Lake Avenue Recovery, we want to make anxiety treatment in Massachusetts accessible to everyone and provide them with the skills, tools, and techniques to successfully manage their anxiety to lead a fulfilling life.

If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety, our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Massachusetts can help. Call us now at 508-794-4400 or verify your insurance

How Do I Know I Need Anxiety Treatment?

Determining whether you need anxiety treatment in Massachusetts depends on several factors and related signs and symptoms. It is perfectly normal for everyone to feel anxious periodically. However, when anxiety is occurring more frequently or intensively, then it could be a good sign treatment is needed. Other indications that could mean it is time to seek help include:

  • You find yourself worrying persistently or feeling anxious most of the time, even when there is no reason to be afraid or anxious.
  • You are experiencing the physical symptoms of anxiety, and they seem to be worsening. 
  • Anxiety has started to interfere with your ability to function daily and is impacting your work, school, relationships, and other activities. 
  • You have started avoiding specific situations, activities, and people due to anxiety. 
  • You have developed irrational fears and phobias that are making it difficult to function normally and causing an intense sense of fear and panic.
  • You find it challenging to control intrusive and persistent thoughts that cause you to worry, feel anxious, or even make you afraid. 
  • You are using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate and attempt to cope with anxiety symptoms.

 

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Our Massachusetts Rehab Locations

Worcester, MA

Our Worcester, MA location provides evidence-based treatment modalities, our luxury facility strives to create the most peaceful atmosphere to help our patients recover in the best way.

Gardner, MA

We offer several levels of care at our program in Gardner, Massachusetts. Our outpatient treatment means each person travels to our facility for their treatment sessions and then returns to their homes.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

The signs and symptoms of anxiety can manifest differently from one person to the next. Common indications that you could have an anxiety disorder include:

  • Unrational fear
  • Irritability
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Muscle tension and soreness
  • Generalized body aches and pain
  • Problems sleeping or sleeping excessively
  • Problems focusing and concentrating
  • Excessive worry
  • Restlessness
  • Lethargy and a lack of energy
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

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Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several different types of anxiety disorders, such as:

 

  • GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), which is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry. 

  • Social anxiety disorder, which is where people have an intense and irrational fear of social settings. 

  • Panic disorder, which is when people experience intense panic and fear that can be triggered or brought on unexpectedly.

  • Specific phobias, such as a fear of heights or a fear of spiders, which can cause avoidance behaviors and irrational and intense fear.

  • Separation anxiety, which usually affects children and teens but can affect adults, too. It is the irrational fear that something will happen to a loved one, and they will not return home.

How Does Anxiety Treatment in Massachusetts Work?

At Lake Avenue Recovery, we believe anxiety is a treatable mental health disorder with the proper medical care, psychoeducation, and personalized treatment tailored to each person’s unique needs. We also believe people can lead productive and fulfilling lives while managing their symptoms once they learn how. Our anxiety treatment programs provide different levels of care to meet the diverse needs of our clients and include:

  • Day Treatment: Our day treatment program is designed to provide a highly structured and intensive level of care. Clients attend therapy for multiple hours each day weekly. In the evenings, they return home or to a supportive, sober living facility. This level of care is well-suited for people transitioning from a residential program and those needing a higher level of care but not 24/7 monitoring. 

  • IOP: Our IOP (intensive outpatient program) offers the same level of intensity as our Day Treatment but meets fewer hours weekly. Clients also have more flexibility to maintain personal commitments outside of treatment. IOPs are well-suited for those with a strong support system at home, and their anxiety has not disrupted their daily routines. IOPs also provide a step-down level of care from our Day Treatment.

    Evening IOP: Our evening IOP offers the same level of care as our daytime IOP, but with sessions held in the evenings. This provides even more flexibility for individuals who must work, attend school, or take care of other personal obligations during the day. 

  • OP: Our OP (outpatient program) provides ongoing support and treatment for individuals who still need help managing their anxiety. Sessions are normally once a week at times that best work for our clients. 

Anxiety Therapies Offered at Lake Avenue Recovery

Lake Avenue Recovery offers a comprehensive range of therapies to treat anxiety, including:

 

  • Adventure therapy: Adenvture therapy combines experiential activities and evidence-based techniques in outdoor settings to reduce anxiety and build confidence. 
  • Exercise program: Regular exercise helps release endorphins naturally, which helps improve mood stability and lower anxiety symptoms. 
  • Trauma therapy: When anxiety stems from a traumatic experience, it is essential to learn how to process the experience in a healthy manner to alleviate anxiety symptoms. 
  • Holistic therapy: When incorporated alongside evidence-based therapies, holistic therapy helps restore balance to the mind-body-spirit connection, promote healing, and improve mental health and well-being. 
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is another holistic therapy that helps restore balance between the body's energy centers and has been shown to alleviate anxiety symptoms. 
  • DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy): DBT helps teach individuals valuable skills and techniques to alleviate anxiety and better regulate their emotions.
  • Individual Psychotherapy helps clients work one-on-one with a therapist to create new coping mechanisms and ways to handle anxiety.

Begin Anxiety Treatment in Massachusetts Today

You do not have to struggle with anxiety on your own. Comprehensive anxiety treatment in Massachusetts is available at Lake Avenue Recovery. Our caring and compassionate team offers personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to start your journey toward improved mental health and a more balanced and fulfilling life free from anxiety.

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