The challenges of recovery are compounded by stress, especially if the condition lead you to drug and alcohol use. Our treatment program teaches you new ways to manage the stress of everyday life so that you can live a life of sobriety.
We have successfully helped many people like you who live with stress due to the demands of family and work, as well as those who suffered a traumatic event at some point.
What is Stress?
Day-to-day stress is normal, and many people manage the emotion effectively. Some people, though, experience an acute episode of stress or prolonged stress that they cannot deal with effectively on their own. As a result, they may find escape in drugs and alcohol.
Acute stress disorder is a mental health condition in which the person feels a constant sense of fear and hopelessness. These symptoms typically begin a few months after some traumatic event. The key to trauma is that what one person perceives as a manageable situation may feel much more threatening to another person. Therefore, the triggers for acute stress disorder are unique to each person.
What are the Signs of Stress?
Like anxiety [LINK], stress is a “flight or fight” emotion that is intended to keep us out of harm’s way. People who experience stress may have physical symptoms, such as:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Excessive sweating
- Hard, heavy breathing
- Tight chest or cramps in the chest area
- Tense muscles
- Increased blood pressure
These symptoms are caused by elevated levels of adrenaline, a chemical that motivates us to run or fight. Those living with acute stress disorders have these physical responses even when they are not truly in danger. Something about the environment reminds them of the initial traumatic event.
What are the Risk Factors for Stress?
Acute stress stems from trauma, such as:
- Sexual, emotional or physical abuse
- Natural disasters
- Seeing a violent event or attack
- Being kidnapped or abducted
- Working in a hostile environment that is not military in nature
- Near-death experiences
How is Stress Diagnosed?
Your mental health counselor assesses your behavior and physical symptoms. You may be asked about your history to detect any triggers.