Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions for Optimal Wellness
Anxiety Treatment in New Jersey
Many people with anxiety disorders are given fast-acting benzodiazepine (benzo) drugs that provide near-instant feelings of calmness and euphoria. Benzodiazepine prescriptions are often issued in emergency rooms or in medical settings with the recommendation for seeking further mental health treatment and long-term treatment strategies. However, benzos do not offer a sustainable way to treat anxiety disorders over the long term. They are habit-forming, highly addictive, and likely to cause long-term and even potentially permanent side effects when abused.
In dual diagnosis treatment, benzodiazepine drugs are not commonly prescribed. Instead, patients are given medications that are not addicting and can safely be used in an ongoing fashion. These include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that normalize the balance of serotonin in the brain. They also include serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Medications commonly issued for the long-term treatment of anxiety include: