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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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How Does Reiki Healing Holistic Treatment Help Improve Health & Tranquility?

One of the forms of holistic treatment offered by The Dunes Outpatient Program is Reiki Healing. This Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation is also used to promote healing and recovery. It is based on the idea that we have an invisible life force energy that flows through us.

If our life force energy is low, then we are more likely to feel stressed out or become ill. During times when our life force energy is operating at a high level, we are better able to be happy and healthy.

Origin Of The Word Reiki

The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means “God’s wisdom or higher power,” and “Ki,” which means “life force energy.” Together they mean “spiritually guided life force energy.”

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Reiki Healing Holistic Treatment

Our Reiki healing therapy treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit. It brings about a feeling of peace, wellbeing and security.

This holistic treatment for alcohol and drugs is a very simple and natural method of healing. It can be used along with other therapeutic techniques to promote recovery from various illnesses.

The technique is very simple and is not “taught” in the usual sense of the word. Instead, the knowledge is transferred from a Reiki master to a client during an “attunement” during a Reiki class. It allows the person to tap into the life force energy, of which there is an unlimited supply, to improve his or her health.

Reiki is available to everyone. You do not have to be at a particular level of spiritual development or have a certain level of intelligence to be able to use this technique. It has been taught to thousands of people.

Health And Tranquility For Those In Recovery

Reiki is not a religion, but it is spiritual. Through Reiki and our other holistic treatment therapies, clients at The Dunes East Hampton Outpatient Program learn peaceful and healthy ways to express themselves that promote health and tranquility. For people in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction, this is a welcome change from the chaos that has been part of their lives when actively using.

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5 Unique Activities Of Self-Expression

No doubt many hours have been devoted to writing books and songs about what addiction is like from the outside, but for those who are currently caught up in that lifestyle, there is little room for self-expression or strong emotions at all. Drugs and alcohol are many times taken as a way to tune out to avoid feeling anger, shame, guilt, sadness, hurt or other uncomfortable feelings. Participating in activities for self-expression is a way to start to get back in touch with those feelings.

Activities Of Self-Expression For People In Recovery

1. Re-Writing Past Events5 Unique Activities Of Self-Expression - The Dunes Outpatient Program

This exercise is one where a person can look back at a life event and re-examine it, either from a different point of view or re-write it entirely based on what he or she would have liked to see happen. Before a person can write about a past event, he or she has to examine the event as he or she remembers it. In looking at it in the past tense, the person can work through the process of accepting it as part of the past and letting it go.

2. Drawing A Self-Portrait

What better subject to draw a picture of than one’s self? During this time of transition, a person in recovery may be asked to draw a picture of what he or she is turning into during this process or how he or she would like to look once the addiction treatment program has been completed.

3. Make A Collage Of Soothing Images

One of the things that people in recovery find challenging is to learn how to cope with stress. Scrapbooking or clipping pictures from magazines and using them to create a collage of images that are peaceful and soothing is a good exercise, since a client needs to think about what kinds of things he or she would find helpful and then needs to choose where each image should be placed on the collage.

4. Play An Instrument

Playing an instrument as a means of self-expression isn’t necessarily just for people who have had formal musical training, although if someone is familiar with the piano or the guitar (or any other instrument) they could certainly play it. An instrument can be as simple as a set of spoons, a triangle or a tambourine. The important thing is that a person is able to make sounds to their own rhythm.

5. Free-Form Dancing

Put on some music and move in whatever way makes sense to you. It will be different for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to dance to a particular piece of music. You will release stress-busting endorphins naturally and brighten your mood while having fun and getting a work out!

Healthy Activities During Recovery

All of these activities of self-expression are beneficial. Try to come up with other healthy activities that you enjoy doing. Check out our other recommended healthy activities during recovery!

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The Benefits Of Exercise During Addiction Recovery

Those who are suffering with alcohol or drug addiction will often become malnourished. This takes a toll on the body both physically and mentally. Physically damaging areas of your body such as: muscles, malnutrition, cardiovascular, and reduce immunity. Which is why exercise as well as proper nutrition during recovery is essential to maintaining sobriety.

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3 Primary Benefits Of Exercise During Addiction Recovery Include:

1. Regular Exercise Leads To A Positive Outlook On Life

Alcohol or drug abuse often goes hand in hand with depression. A morning run or afternoon workout will lead you to feel great afterwards because your brain releases endorphins during exercise. This helps create more positive thinking about yourself and life while reducing depression symptoms. It’s recommended to partake in exercises that you will most likely enjoy such as: running, walking, hiking, yoga, etc. Other psychological benefits include:

  • Less stress
  • More confidence
  • Mental clarity
  • Mood enhancement

2. Enhanced Physical Health And Wellness

Your body goes through a lot of changes during treatment. It’s proven that exercise helps heal your body, not just from addiction, but reduces other health risks such as: diabetes, depression, low immune system, and cancer. By exercising regularly, your body will go through positive changes such as:

  • Weight loss
  • More energy
  • Healthy cardiovascular system
  • More sleep

3. Keeps You Focused On One Thing: Recovery

Exercising will help keep your mind focused and reduce the cravings of alcohol or drugs. It will help add structure to your life if you have specific work out goals and times that are scheduled in your daily routine. It also takes up time, which alleviates more down town to think about using drugs or alcohol. By having a healthy lookout and direction helps keep your mind focused and your body physically healthy. All working together to reduce the chances of relapse.

Exercise is most effective if you begin at a moderate pace and work your way up. You don’t want to start off pushing yourself too much because it could lead to physical injury. Stay at your own pace and remember to maintain a positive attitude.

It’s been known that individuals who partake in exercise activities during and after treatment has led to less desire to use drugs or alcohol. Also, this has led to an improved lifestyle quality.

Thank your body and mind for all that they do for you every day. You have another chance to reward your body. Exercise and nutrition are a great option.

You have the choice to make a physical and mental change. If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, don’t hesitate to seek help today. Call us to learn more about our program options!