The Relationship Between Stress And Substance Abuse

People define stress in their own ways because the causes of stress can differ on an individual basis. Stress can come in both mild and severe forms. Severe forms of stress can cause health problems and lead to substance abuse. It’s important to manage stress the best way possible to prevent health and relationship complications.

Common Stress Triggers

There are several things that can factor into causing stress. Everyone is different, but here are some common causes:

  • Work issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Poor health
  • Death of a close loved one
  • Substance abuse
  • Legal issues
  • Financial issues

Stress And Substance Abuse: Their Dysfunctional Relationship

Studies have shown that stress and substance abuse can be linked. When someone suffers with chronic stress, it causes changes in the brain which can trigger addiction. The same goes for a recovering addict, relapse due to stress is a common denominator in a lot of relapses.

Stress and substance abuse also coincide in situations where someone uses drugs or alcohol to overpower their stress symptoms. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol is common in those who suffer with chronic stress and believe the substance is helping them “escape”. In reality, the substance abuse is going to make things worse by damaging health and causing addiction.

Substance abuse can also make stress symptoms a lot worse. During the time of using the substance, individuals may feel relieved from their symptoms. Instead of helping solve the problem, they are covering up their feelings. The more they cover up their symptoms from the stress, the more damage they are causing to their health which can lead to even more stress. Substance abuse can also damage close relationships which may lead them to use more. It’s a constant revolving door that never helps the situation and makes things worse.

Effective Stress Coping Techniques

It is nearly impossible to prevent stress from happening in daily life, but it is possible to cope with it in healthy ways. Here are some ways to cope with stress instead of using:
 
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Meditation

This technique allows people to understand their thoughts in a mind state beyond typical awareness. By focusing thoughts and awareness, individuals can re-focus their thoughts to be more positive and content. With this steady focus, people can easily reduce the amount of stress they’re experiencing with the right guidance and support.

Yoga

Yoga is a great technique which helps quiet the mind, relax muscle tension, and creates balance. This technique helps bring more awareness to how people are feeling, while relaxing the mind and body at the same time.

Exercise

Exercise helps make people feel better both physically and mentally. It actually releases chemicals in the body that cause people to feel good.

Talk To Someone

It can relieve a lot of stress just by expressing emotions to someone. Whether that person is a therapist, close friend, or family member, just getting out feelings can lead to reduced stress and relaxation.

The Dunes offers outpatient therapy options to help cope with stress and substance abuse. We make everyone comfortable with our luxurious surroundings and private facilities.

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