Social Anxiety Treatment Program

Social Anxiety Treatment San Diego

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As with all of our inpatient programs, our dual-diagnosis social anxiety program is an integrative plan that addresses the underlying causes of mental health illness. We provide 24-hour care while we treat a patient’s hormones to deal with anxiety problems. In combination with addiction detoxification, we monitor each patient on an ongoing basis to introduce the right therapies and minimize withdrawal symptoms.

While most of us experience social anxiety once or several times in our lives, social anxiety disorder or social phobia is a condition that hugely influences the sufferer’s daily life. These individuals feel overwhelmed about particular activities, such as talking in front of a crowd or with strangers or just about any situation that involves social interaction, such as eating in a restaurant. Even though they typically know their fears are irrational, their logic gets overridden by the anticipated and dreaded feeling of embarrassment.

This disorder shows the first signs in early teens and some studies say that up to 13 percent of the American population suffer from it. Science assumes that multiple predisposing factors are at play – genetics, the family environment, trauma in early childhood or an imbalance in brain chemistry.

Some research has found that one-fifth of individuals with social phobia have a co-occurring alcohol use disorder (AUD). It is assumed that this is mostly because the sufferers expect alcohol to help them relieve the effects of their phobia, even though scientific studies show that alcohol actually aggravates the symptoms of anxiety.

An inpatient program for those dually diagnosed with social phobia is advised because these individuals don’t often have a good support network. Their phobia might come from a dysfunctional family environment, which could also be the source of an early trauma, and they don’t tend to have many or any friends.

When addicts with social phobia are seeking professional help from drug rehab centers in San Diego, they should make sure the center has the right professionals and facilities to accommodate the rehabilitation. APEX Rehab has a world-class team of professionals in medicine, psychology, psychiatry, wellness, nutrition, holistic healing and recreation. Every recovery plan is personalized and carefully planned with contributions from the whole team.

Our physician decides on the pharmacotherapy. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been found to be very helpful with the social anxiety disorder. Our team of psychotherapists will decide on the best course in counseling –forms of cognitive behavior therapy have given the best results. Though CBT patients can learn how to think, behave and react in anxiety-provoking situations so that they reduce the stress and anxiety. This can be done through restructuring, exposure and skills training. Our professionals from other fields support the patients by offering ways of learning how to relax.

It is crucial that the therapy for dually diagnosed patients addresses both disorders – social phobia and alcohol/ drug abuse. Treating only one side of the coin is highly unlikely to produce long-lasting and rewarding results. APEX Rehab prides itself on a staff trained to treat dual diagnosis patients with excellent results.


Social Anxiety Treatment Program

Sleep Disturbance Therapy Treatment

Sleep Disturbance Therapy Treatment San Diego

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Patients who come to us often suffer from various sleep disturbances, which are caused or exacerbated by their addictions. In addition, any kind of stressful event including addiction itself can disrupt neurotransmitter levels, affecting sleep in various ways. From daytime fatigue to insomnia and frequent waking, we address sleep disorders through a combination of medication, nutrition and therapy. By restoring normal neurotransmitter function, we help our patients get the much-needed sleep they need to recover from substance abuse and mental health issues.

Sleep disorders can be much more complex than initially meets the eye. They range from mild to severe and come in many forms – insomnia, sleep apnea (punctuated sleep cycles), narcolepsy, REM disorders, parasomnia (sleepwalking) and restless leg syndrome. Poor or inadequate sleep can have a profoundly negative effect on an individual’s everyday life. It affects the mood, concentration, memory, pain tolerance, impulsiveness, judgement-making abilities, immune system and blood pressure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that as many as 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. There are many risk factors associated with these conditions. Females, people over the age of 60, those who are under excessive stress or those who work night shifts are all prone to having sleep or wakefulness problems. These individuals are often tempted to use alcohol or drugs to help themselves, which of course, only makes the initial diagnosis worse. The fact that their judgement-making is impaired by sleep deprivation only aggravates the problem.

Sometimes, medication for sleep disorders can be the trigger for the addiction, like in the case of narcolepsy. Amphetamines and methamphetamines which are used in narcolepsy treatments can lead to addiction. However, it also highly possible that the sleep disorder is just a symptom of a more severe condition, such as depression or anxiety.

Reputable drug rehab centers in San Diego, like APEX Rehab, offer the best support for dually diagnosed addicts who suffer from sleep disorders. Not only do we have the resources to offer our patients comprehensive care, but we are also qualified to assess the real nature of the problem. 

Rehabilitation in APEX Rehab starts with medically supervised detoxification of the body. After this stage, rehabilitation takes place – how long this process is and what exactly differs from one case to another. With patients who have a sleep disorder it is important to run sleep tests and explore the possibilities of other co-occurring disorders. For example, individuals with narcolepsy are predisposed to developing panic anxiety.

Patients with sleep disorders have to be treated on the physiological, physical and psychological level. We can help with all these aspects of treatment with the support from our team of physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and experts in holistic healing, yoga, meditation, wellness and nutrition. Through our residential therapy, a blend of counseling and psychotherapy with carefully prescribed medications and nutritional and recreational regimens will be adapted to each and every patient. This personalized program will allow the individual to deal with the underlying problems and consequences of their disorders, teach them coping and relaxation skills and support them in avoiding situations that could lead them back to addiction.


Sleep Disturbance Therapy Treatment

Anxiety Therapy Program

Anxiety Therapy San Diego

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Anxiety is the most common mental health illness in the country, affecting nearly 40 million Americans. Substance abuse and addiction can be made worse when combined with anxiety disorders, and vice versa. That’s why it’s important to approach both as a dual diagnosis treatment program. APEX therapists deal with a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, acute stress disorder, social anxiety and other issues. By getting to the root of patients’ anxiety, we can more easily treat both mental health and addiction issues as part of a holistic wellness program.

Alcohol is frequently sought by anxiety sufferers because it is a depressant and slows down brain activity. Those who have an anxiety disorder might feel a little calmer after some alcohol. However, alcohol and any other depressant substance, like Benzos or opioid painkillers, will only make the individual feel better by masking the worrying and anxiety.

With time, the person generally needs more and more alcohol or drugs to feel a bit more anchored and secure. This basically leads into both physical and psychological addiction.

Abstaining from alcohol or substances causes an onset of even more intense symptoms, making it quite impossible for the individual to break free from the vicious circle. They experience insomnia, paranoia, extreme irritability and hallucinations. Alcohol withdrawal could even cause seizures. This reiterates the need for a physician during detox.

Studies and research suggest that less than a half of people suffering from anxiety receive professional help, especially those who have a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This means that a huge number of sufferers self-medicate, most probably with alcohol and illicit or legal substances. It is also highly likely that they will not link their anxiety to their addiction problem.

Like all dual diagnoses, anxiety and alcohol or drugs have a complicated and intimate relationship. Many factors are at play: genetics, history of trauma, brain chemistry, medications that produce side-effects and substance abuse.

It can be quite difficult to distinguish where anxiety stops and addiction begins. Sometimes, anxiety is the result of the addiction and other times, it is vice versa. Cocaine, meth, marijuana and alcohol can also bring about anxiety as a consequence of their abuse.

The problem is perpetuated by the fact that abusing alcohol or drugs causes manifold problems in the individual’s social, emotional and professional life, which again makes the anxiety worse.

Dually diagnosed patients who suffer from anxiety require a comprehensive and personalized recovery program. Getting qualified and competent help from addiction treatment centers in San Diego, such as APEX Rehab, is extremely beneficial and usually indispensable. The care APEX provides to dually diagnosed patients with anxiety is administered by a team of highly-specialized professionals who collaborate to produce the best results.

Our physicians are trained and licensed to treat addicts and they will decide what medication is best for every individual case. Recovery treatment for anxious addicts generally works best if it is supported by the right choice of meds that will stabilize the patient and enable them to focus on psychological and other aspects of the treatment, like relaxation. A physician is qualified to determine which meds will support the rehabilitation without leading the patient into a new addiction. 

Our psychologists and psychiatrists will decide which approach is best according to the patient’s type of anxiety. For example, those with social anxiety don’t feel comfortable working in group counseling. Normally, though, anxiety patients have been found to respond well to cognitive behavior therapy which equips them with practical coping strategies that enable them to function better on a day-to-day basis without having to seek alcohol or drugs. These individuals also need to learn how to relax naturally and without the help of chemicals.

Other members of our team will also contribute to the recovery program with their knowledge and skills, all with the sole goal of supporting the patient on their road to complete recovery. 


Anxiety Therapy Program

Bi-Polar Therapy Program

Bi-Polar Therapy San Diego

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At APEX Rehab, our bi-polar therapy program seeks to correct imbalances in brain chemistry through psychotherapy, medication (when necessary) and nutritional counseling. A substance abuse detox program is typically the first step in digging deeper into psychological issues, and our tried-and-true programs are proven to work. Not only do we help patients deal with the symptoms of bi-polar disorder; we treat the underlying cause of the illness. In doing so, many of our patients fully recover and go on to lead normal, productive lives.


Bipolar disorder is manifested through uncontrollable, all-consuming shifts in mood, behavior and energy levels. The lack of stability typically causes the sufferer to have relationship problems, issues with career and income stability, a disposition for accidental injuries and a propensity for suicide.


A connection between the bi-polar disorder and addictive behavior has been noted, but it hasn’t been fully explained. Nationwide research revealed that little over a half of bi-polar patients had been through alcohol or drug addiction, with alcohol being the most frequent choice.


The possible grounds for this connection are various and complex. First of all, there could be something in the brain chemistry that brings bi-polar individuals to addiction. This mood disorder is characterized by exceedingly high levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which influence the emotions and body metabolism functions such as eating and sleeping patterns. Their hard-wired instability prompts them into the clutches of alcohol and drugs, which are seen as a means of self-medication for their episodes of insomnia, depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, such behavior only worsens the symptoms of bi-polar. It has been found, though, that young males who are bi-polar have the highest likelihood of resorting to alcohol and drugs.


Bi-polar addicts who want to shake off their addiction require professional help and guidance with the process. The fact is that they are on a constant swing between depression and euphoria combined with self-importance. This instability makes it very difficult for these individuals to stick to their recovery plans, which is why they need professional support for a comprehensive treatment that will include their alcohol recovery or drug rehab in San Diego.


It is not possible to receive separate treatments for the bi-polar disorder and the addiction with a high likelihood of success. Drawing a line between these two issues increases the possibility of relapse. APEX Rehab offers an integrated program that can encompass the bi-polar treatment and alcohol or drug rehab in San Diego.


Our program is based on collaboration of top-notch professionals in psychotherapy, holistic healing, wellness and nutrition. Through our residential and outpatient programs, patients get centralized and coordinated care tailored to their needs. Our staff is trained to deal with dually diagnosed patients by developing a comprehensive treatment that usually includes individual psychotherapy, group counseling, psychiatric medication and alternative methods like experiential therapy, recreation, yoga, holistic healing, and so on.  


Bi-Polar Therapy Program

Depression Therapy Program

Depression Therapy San Diego

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Depression is a common mental illness that comes along with substance abuse; treating the addiction also can bring relief to underlying mental health issues. At APEX, we believe in following an integrative approach – because it works. While treating the addiction may be a patient’s ultimate goal, we know it can only happen when we also treat negative thought patterns and the physiological symptoms that accompany depression. We use a combination of behavioral therapies, nutritional counseling and mind-body exercises to alleviate depressive symptoms and restore balance.

According to a fact sheet by the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability across the world, but only one half of those who suffer from it will ever receive treatment.

Indeed, depression interferes with all aspects of life and it also increases the risks of chronical illnesses and alcohol and substance abuse. It has been statistically proven that alcoholism and drug abuse happen more often in depressives than in the overall population. It has also been found that one third of individuals treated for depression engage in alcohol and drug abuse.

The relationship between these two occurrences – depression and addiction – is very complex. On the one hand, alcohol and drugs serve to relieve the feelings of self-worthlessness, hopelessness and despair, which are prominent in the depressed. On the other hand, there are many overlapping factors that are conducive both to depression and addictive behavior. These are chemical imbalances in the brain, family histories and traumatic experiences. Finally, the effects of intoxication can simultaneously mask and exacerbate depressive episodes, making them more frequent and intensive. Like in a vicious circle, this prompts the sufferer back into self-destructive indulgence.

For these dually diagnosed individuals, rehabilitation and recovery must focus on both issues to be successful and rewarding. If they are treated for depression only, the fact they abuse alcohol and/ or drugs will negatively affect their motivation and can even result in life-threatening interaction with antidepressants. When they are treated for addiction only, the results of the therapy are not likely to last because the negative thought patterns remain.

The treatment has to target both disorders – the addictive behavior, as well as the feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, low motivation and low energy. Research has shown that the most effective directions are depression medication coupled with cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma and family therapy. A versatile approach is needed to address these patients’ medical, psychological and psychosocial needs.

In the beginning, inpatient treatment is recommended, especially if the patient shows or has shown inclinations toward suicide. Outpatient treatment could be recommended after a solid network of support has been founded.

Depression Therapy Program