Stress is a key risk factor in addiction initiation, maintenance, relapse, and thus treatment failure. Stressful life events combined with poor coping skills may impact risk of addiction through increasing impulsive responding and self-medication. While it may not be possible to eliminate stress, we need to find ways to manage it.
But by finding positive, healthy ways to manage stress as it occurs, many negative health consequences can be reduced. Everyone is different, and so are the ways they choose to manage their stress. Some people prefer pursuing hobbies such as gardening, playing music and creating art, while others find relief in more solitary activities like meditation. Keeping yourself busy with constructive hobbies is also a great way to manage stress. By managing stress well you can minimize the health effects of quitting a substance.
Stress and the Body
It is important to distinguish between chronic and normal stress. Moderate and challenging stressors with limited duration are perceived to be pleasant. In fact, some people seek “stressful” situations that promote the release of stress hormones. However, intense, unpredictable, prolonged stressors produce learned helplessness and depressive-like symptoms. Chronic stress increases the risk for developing depression, the common cold, influenza, tension headaches, grinding teeth, or clenching the jaw and tensing the neck and shoulders
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If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, don’t hesitate to call the Strawberry Center. We are here to help people retake their lives and find a better path.