A man smiles after he and his friends learn how to stop a panic attack

How to Stop a Panic Attack

Panic attacks can be terrifying. Your heart races, you shake, you sweat, you have trouble breathing, and you feel like you might die. Many people mistake panic attacks for heart attacks, which only increases their fear. Once you’ve had a panic attack, the fear of having another one may actually precipitate another attack. People with…

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4 Ways to Cope with Social Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are common co-occurring conditions with addiction because people who suffer from them desperately want relief from their symptoms, which sometimes include intense panic attacks. Often, people who suffer from anxiety disorders will be prescribed benzodiazepines such as Xanax that relieve anxiety in the short term, but are highly addictive. They may also self-medicate…

A group of people sit in chairs and talk about what SMART recovery meetings are like

What are SMART Recovery Meetings Like?

After completing addiction treatment, joining a mutual support program is a good way to start building a strong sober network and to keep the lessons you learned in treatment fresh in your mind. 12-step programs like AA are the best known of these groups, but they may not work for everyone. Some people prefer a…