Stress can be defined as a state of emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Coping is defined as dealing with and attempting to overcome problems and difficulties. Of course, we all cope with stress differently and what is stressful for you may not be for someone else. Drugs or alcohol are often used to reduce stress so once you have made a decision to quit using a substance or alcohol you will need to learn new techniques for managing stressful situations. It is particularly important for someone in recovery from addiction to use stress management to avoid relapse.
Stress can be experienced when facing change and the unknown, so the process of recovery is by definition a potentially stressful experience. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment does not just involve quitting; there are changes to be made in many areas of your life in order for recovery to be a success.
At CASA Recovery trained therapists and counselors will help you identify your personal stressors and provide you with tools and techniques for handling stress without the use of alcohol or substances. Usually, a combination of methods are required and you will be assessed and assisted to find what works best for you.
There is a consensus of opinion that a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, decent sleep, exercise and relaxation such as yoga and meditation are all helpful in dealing with stress in rehab. Eating healthily is important as our body needs balance; lack of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to mood disorders and stress. Exercise and activity, in general, is a good distraction from stressful situations and thoughts, focusing on the physical can be a break from thinking and feel-good endorphins are released into your body. A decent sleep can help you feel far more able to cope; tiredness is one of the main causes of stress. Learning breathing techniques and mindfulness allow you to remain calm and focus on the now. Often we worry about something which has happened in the past or something which may happen in the future, focusing on the moment can have huge benefits and help you to keep things in perspective.
It is our aim here at CASA Recovery to arm you with healthy coping strategies to ensure your ongoing recovery and to guide you through stress management techniques. There is no better time than now, procrastination increases stress levels, taking positive steps is the best start! Call us today for a free consultation to learn more and to talk to a confidential representative.
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