Managing Stress Levels To Avoid Addiction Risks

2014-03-15 | |
Last updated: 2019-10-20

For many individuals, anything that disrupts normal daily activities and expectations can be reason enough to be stressed. According to the studies conducted by Dr. Suzanne Thomas, associate professor at the Center for Drugs and Alcohol Programs, stress is a major contributor to the relapse of an individual who is dependent on alcohol. People who have sustained their abstinence from alcohol for years tend to suffer from a relapse when faced with a major stressor in their life or several small stressors in a row. Stress can be particularly risky for individuals trying to overcome an addiction.

Reasons Why an Individual Will Reach For Alcohol When Faced With Stress

For most people, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine can elevate their mood and make them happy. For others, it makes them feel relaxed particularly when faced with stressing situations. In their effort to feel more relaxed and comfortable, they tend to do it more frequently until they unknowingly abuse alcohol intake.

There is that likely chance that their consumption of alcohol can escalate and eventually develop into a problem. It is therefore essential to follow strategies with which to overcome stress and be less susceptible to the temptation of taking alcohol and drugs. Stress cannot be prevented since it is present in the daily activities of our life, but a person can make themself stress-resilient.

Strategies for Stress Management

– Avoiding situations that can cause a person to be stressed is a good idea. If a person is stressed with news on TV, they should stop watching it. It they are stressed over traffic, they give should give themself ample time so they will not be in a hurry to reach the office or school.

– Always ensuring that we get enough sleep is also helpful. Research indicates that the link between sleep and stress are closely related to each other. Stress management techniques can keep person in control of several stressful situations and this will usually result in an improvement in the quality of sleep. When we sleep better, life’s difficulties will seem to be less stressful.

– Adopting healthy habits like eating a balanced meal and performing regular exercises is a powerful way to reduce stress. Walking is one of the recommended ways to exercise as well as relieve stress. Exercise results in the release of endorphins that can produce a feeling of euphoria without the need for morphine or codeine. In contrast to drugs, endorphins will not lead a person to addiction. It is a natural body process achieved from various activities like exercise, sex or meditation.

– Seeking support from family, friends, church and community can also avoid problems with stress. Support is something which is more concrete than money; it is in the form of love, trust and advice. Talking to family and friends about our concerns can help us to avoid dwelling on negative thoughts.


Stress is not always alarming. Very often, stress helps people cope with situations while under pressure. Stress can also be the motivating factor for each of us to do our best and to help get focused. However, stress overload can take its toll on our mind, body and behavior. Not only will it affect our career but it can compromise our relationships.

Knowing our limits and vulnerability to stress and accepting that there are situations that we must simply go through since they are a normal part of life is important. Making it a point to have more confidence in ourself and our ability to make the best out of things that seem to be beyond our control will help improve our ability to handle stress. Always important is being optimistic, calm and strong-minded when faced with unfavorable situations. We must always keep in mind that the rest of the world is also facing the same challenges.

Author Bio: Dominic is the in-house blogger for the new Rehab Today Blog. Rehab Today- is the home of The Perry Clayman Project which is a 12 step abstinence based drug and alcohol rehab program registered with the CQC and a listed contributor to the NDTMS in the UK.

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