Stress is a normal part of life. Increased financial obligations, more pressure at work, and moving can all lead to increased stress levels. However, stress takes over everything else for some individuals, leaving the person feeling anxious and overwhelmed. As a result, you may think that you need to turn to drugs or alcohol to take the edge off. Some signs of stress resemble physical illness such as insomnia or a headache. You may not recognize some of the symptoms, especially if you have a substance use disorder. Learn to spot signs of stress and what programs at Bayview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, can help you to reduce stress during recovery and beyond.
If you need treatment for an addiction, anxiety, or another mental health condition, we can help you. Contact Bayview Recovery today by calling 855.478.3650 to learn more about our treatment programs.
Signs of Stress
Signs of stress show up on your body, in your mood, and your behavior. If you don’t learn to deal with stress effectively, it can contribute to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Physical signs of stress include headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, low sex drive, and sleep problems. Stress also affects your mood, leaving you with feelings of anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, irritability, and anger. Your behavioral symptoms might include angry outbursts, overeating, tobacco use, drug and alcohol abuse, and social withdrawal.
Stress Management Strategies
To counteract these signs of stress during recovery and beyond, take steps to manage your symptoms. These steps include regular exercise, developing a sense of humor, spending time with your family and friends, and finding hobbies that you enjoy, such as reading or listening to music.
Bayview Recovery has evidence-based treatment programs to make your recovery easier.
These programs include the following:
- Family therapy program
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Cognitive-behavioral therapies
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
Holistic Therapies to Destress
Holistic therapies to manage the signs of stress give clients the ability to stay focused on recovery. Consider the following treatments that can help you destress during rehabilitation and at home:
We recommend choosing active ways to overcome stress. Watching TV, playing video games, and internet surfing can often overstimulate your mind, leaving you feeling more stressed than ever. Go for a walk or read a book instead.
There are a few universal things that can help people who show signs of stress. When you sleep, your body performs crucial maintenance, as you get the rest you need to function correctly. Make sleep a priority, eat a balanced diet, and avoid tobacco use. In addition, no matter how tempting it may be, please do not return to drug and alcohol abuse. You may think that you can handle it, but in reality, your addiction will quickly take over, and you will need further addiction treatment.
When Should You Seek Help?
If you continue to experience high stress, it may be time to visit your therapist or a medical professional familiar with your history of substance use disorder. Your body may be trying to warn you of a severe condition.
Your therapist may have recommendations to help you remove the stress in your life. These recommendations could include a job change, moving to a new neighborhood, or making positive changes in your social circle.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Portland
At Bayview Recovery, we offer drug and alcohol addiction treatment to clients in Portland, and across the United States. We would love to provide the tools to help you stay calm and stress-free to remain in a positive place to continue your recovery. Contact Bayview Recovery Center at 855.478.3650 for more information or to take advantage of our services today.