Substance abuse and stress management have always had a very complicated and intertwined relationship. Most addiction experts agree that a recovering addict’s risk for relapse is related directly to the individual’s ability to process and manage stress.
Stress and anxiety have always been and remain two of the biggest triggers for substance abuse. By that logic, when you can effectively manage your stress, you increase your likelihood for maintaining your sobriety exponentially.
While we are often able to identify certain triggers that increase our anxiety, coming up with an effective stress management plan is another issue altogether. For example, spending an extended period of time with a large group of family at the holidays can produce enough angst to set even the sanest person off. Whether it be the expectations, the pressure or a myriad of other things we perceive that they feel, family can have an uncanny way of making us drive ourselves crazy.
That said, rather than spend the rest of your future holidays worrying about family interactions, the ideal strategy for the recovering addict is to find some activities, hobbies or personal techniques to counteract the increase in stress.
While talk therapy can be a great way to sort through our issues, there are various other forms of therapy that can have an incredibly calming effect on those who utilize them as well. Here are a few we’ve found to be the most therapeutic, and therefore the most beneficial towards resisting substance abuse:
Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a Joint Commission accredited drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility for women in South Florida. Destination Hope understands the importance of teaching our clients various kinds of stress management techniques to support their recovery efforts.
A controlled, relaxed and low stress mind is the strongest deterrent to a substance abuse relapse and it is our foremost goal to help all of our clients achieve that. If there is a woman in your life who has begun abusing drugs or alcohol as a way to combat stress, please put her in contact with the caring folks at Destination Hope as quickly as possible, 1-866-808-7111. The sooner you do, the sooner we can help her refocus her life again.