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Stress Management Treatment

Daily life is stressful, more so for some people than others. Chronic stress is often a precursor to drug and alcohol abuse, which is why learning to deal with it is essential for recovery.

What is Stress?

The term stress is used to describe emotional strain that results from trying or demanding circumstances. All of us have a certain amount of stress in our lives, and we all also go through periods where the amount of stress we are facing is overwhelming. Stress becomes a problem when there is too much of it all at once or when stressful situations linger for long periods of time. Additionally, each person has a different stress level, so what is an acceptable amount of stress for one person may be overwhelming for someone else.

Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) can happen following a traumatic event, such as a violent act or near death experience. Chronic stress may occur whenever an individual has an ongoing issue that has not been resolved, such as childhood trauma. Either form can leave a person looking for ways to cope through the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Signs of Stress

A person who is suffering from ASD or chronic stress may:

  • Be emotionally distressed, which is characterized by a combination of irritability, depression, and anxiety
  • Have trouble remembering things
  • Worry about things constantly
  • Continually express negative thoughts
  • Be unable to concentrate for long periods of time

Changes in Behavior

Each person reacts differently to stress, and will, therefore, exhibit different changes in behavior. Some will experience crying spells, while others may become withdrawn and undergo different eating and sleeping patterns. The bottom line is that stress often causes deviations in what is considered normal behavior for that person. As such, any sudden, significant changes could indicate a person needs help managing his or her stress level, particularly when drugs or alcohol use becomes heavier or more frequent.

Physical and Mental Symptoms of Stress

Stress does not just impact a person’s mental state, but can also manifest itself in the way of certain physical symptoms that may include:

  • Excessive weight loss or gain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Aches and pains
  • Frequent infections, colds, or flu

When left untreated, stress may even lead to long-term health problems that may include:

  • Skin conditions such as eczema
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Reproductive problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Sleep disorders

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.

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