Mental Health Treatment

Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition that suddenly occurs in the body, causing intense feelings of fear and anxiety, even when there may be no real danger or risk at the time. Panic attacks typically last for a few minutes, and may accompany physical symptoms as well as mental and psychological symptoms. Most individuals who experience panic attacks report fear of death or dying during the attack. 

Panic Attacks and Addiction

Some individuals turn to substance use to alleviate the symptoms of their panic attacks, thereby leading to dependence and addiction to those substances. 

 

Repeated and frequent occurrences of panic attacks may be diagnosed as panic disorder. Panic attacks and panic disorders may be induced by substance use and addiction to substances. Trying to quit using substances often causes withdrawal symptoms, one of which may be panic attacks, which may lead some individuals back to using substances, so it can become a never ending cycle.

Signs and Symptoms of a Panic Attack

Causes of Panic Attacks

Trauma

Traumatic events such as violence, abuse, witnessing death, experiencing an accident or natural disasters could induce panic attacks when remembering the event, especially if the event happened during childhood.

Substance Abuse

Excessive use and dependence on substances such as drugs, alcohol and even caffeine may induce panic attacks due to their intensely addictive properties.

Panic Disorders

Individuals diagnosed with a condition of panic disorder may experience panic attacks without any triggers, and may experience them frequently and more intensely.

Treatment of Panic Attacks

Dual diagnosis of panic attacks and addiction can help specialists create treatment plans that include addiction treatment as well as anxiety treatment. Although results may not be immediate, successful treatment can help alleviate symptoms and overcome fear and anxiety. 

Psychotherapy

Conventional talk therapy has been shown to be the most effective treatment for panic attacks and panic disorders by helping patients reprocess past traumatic experiences in a supportive safe space.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on negative thought patterns that are related to the patient’s memories of past traumatic events, and by replacing them with positive thoughts and beliefs.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy helps panic attack patients to learn how to manage overwhelming emotions by using techniques such as mindfulness practices and emotion regulation.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Specialists using EMDR therapy stimulate a dissociative disorder patient’s traumatic thoughts at the same time as physical actions such as focusing on eye movements. This process can help alleviate stress caused by painful thoughts and memories while helping the patients reprocess them.

Medications

Anxiety treatment medications such as antidepressants and sedatives may sometimes be prescribed to aid with treating symptoms of anxiety and panic. 

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and relaxation techniques such as yoga and mindfulness practices can reduce the impact of panic episodes. It is possible to treat panic attacks and get back to a healthy life.

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Alyssa Mueller

Therapist

Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.