What is the Best Medication for Anxiety and Insomnia?

When experiencing anxiety and insomnia simultaneously, it can last for a long time and be hard to cure. The symptoms of anxiety include worry, fear, stress about money or work, and some hormones elevate the intensity of anxiety. Insomnia is often a symptom of anxiety, or it can happen on its own. When the two co-occur, there is either an emotional or mental health condition happening. Drug use and alcohol use also instigate both anxiety and insomnia to occur at the same time. 

Anyone diagnosed with a substance use disorder (addiction) will require medications to reduce their anxiety and insomnia that are not addictive. Therefore, we provide medically supervised drug detoxification that will include non-addictive medicines for anxiety and insomnia after detox. 

What is the Best Medication for Anxiety and Insomnia?

TL;DR: Medications such as benzodiazepines can treat both anxiety and insomnia, but the best medication varies by individual and should be determined by a healthcare professional.

The Best Medication For Anxiety and Insomnia

Depending on the severity of the anxiety and the length of time insomnia has continued, specific medications will be needed to help the person find relief. Medications for anxiety and insomnia are not prescribed for an extended amount of time. Sleep and antianxiety medicines should not be taken forever because they can lead to addiction or emotional dependency (i.e., feel like they can’t sleep without it). Yet, there are legitimate needs for sleep meds and anxiety-reducing medicines. Many people require a sleep aid or anxiety prescription to support their recovery from addiction. The best medication for treating acute anxiety and insomnia is benzodiazepines. 

However, since benzodiazepines are addictive, the safer and non-addicting medication is Trazadone for sleep and Propanol for anxiety. Both of these medicines reduce norepinephrine, which causes a person to feel nervous and wide awake. Norepinephrine is released into the bloodstream when a person is frightened or stressed out. Therefore, people in recovery have often been prescribed these medications to help them remain stable in their recovery. 

What Do the Experts Recommend? 

Before a medication is prescribed, most mental health practitioners and doctors will be cautious about prescribing benzodiazepines. However, they are necessary when someone is suffering. The better course of treatment is to undergo therapy and rely on non-addictive measures, as stated by the National Institute of Health. 

Clinical guidelines recommend prescribing benzodiazepines to treat anxiety or insomnia that is severe, disabling, and causing extreme distress. Since benzodiazepine use is associated with dependence and withdrawal symptoms, it should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time (maximum four weeks). Health care providers should initially consider non-pharmacological treatment strategies to treat anxiety and insomnia. (NIH)

Does Therapy Help Mental and Emotional Health?

Since anxiety and insomnia are disorders related to emotional and mental health, it is always recommended to seek help from an expert who provides behavioral therapy and substance use disorder counseling. So often, people use drugs and alcohol to rid themselves of anxiety and insomnia. People are drinking heavily to fall asleep and to escape their stress and worry. The type of therapy provided for anxiety and insomnia conditions is also effective for people in recovery or entering recovery from addiction.  

We recommend medically supervised detox for addictions and disorders and for all of our patients to receive professional behavioral therapy as evidence-based counseling and treatment.  

Get Free of Anxiety and Insomnia at Allure Detox 

Our medically managed drug and alcohol detox center is connected to a professional substance use disorder and mental health disorder rehab center. Our patients meet one-on-one with a licensed drug and alcohol addiction counselor and have a treatment plan designed for them while in the detox unit. Evidence-based therapy is more effective in helping anyone suffering from anxiety and insomnia or drug addiction.

The expert care we give all of our patients At Allure Detox helps them prepare for therapy. We have beds available and experts to help end your anxiety and insomnia right now. Do not live without sleep and under emotional distress. We can help you find relief. Call, chat, or email to begin.


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Published on: 2021-09-13
Updated on: 2024-06-19