Stress Management Therapy
Stress is something that everyone experiences. Even newborn babies experience stress when they are not fed in a timely manner or if they are not soothed enough. No matter which way you look at it, there is no way to escape stress. As we grow and learn, however, we can develop skills that help reduce both the presence of stress and our reactions to it. Unfortunately, not everyone achieves a strong skill set in relation to stress, which can leave some vulnerable to suffering the effects of it. Stress management therapy provides you with the necessary skills to handle stress correctly.
How Do Addiction and Stress Relate to One Another?
Stress has been linked to depression, anxiety, cardiovascular problems, insomnia, frequent illness, and more. Individuals who experience stress tend to exhibit the following symptoms:
- Poor concentration
- Changes in appetite
- Biting fingernails or engaging in other nervous behavior
An increase in substance abuse is also a common symptom of stress. When experiencing pressure associated with stress, many people turn to the use of drugs or alcohol to feel relief. However, people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol as a means of coping with stress are not developing healthy skills to reduce their stress. When substance abuse continues, people put themselves at risk for developing an addiction. Once addiction develops, all the symptoms of stress they were experiencing before can multiply and become exacerbated.
Many people who develop an addiction experience the negative impacts of stress after they start using. The disease of addiction is stressful in itself, often causing stress to develop when a user:
- Is unable to get drugs or alcohol and is experiencing cravings and/or withdrawal symptoms
- Is coming down from a high and experiencing a drastic shift in mood
- Has no way of getting enough money to fund drugs or alcohol
- Loses his or her job or is expelled from school for substance abuse
- Suffers interpersonal problems caused by substance abuse
- Continues to use despite not wanting to
Stress and addiction play into each other like a continuous cycle. One factor impacts the next. Before you know it, both stress and addiction are occurring at the same time. Thankfully, if you are struggling with both issues, there is help available. A Forever Recovery provides stress management therapy in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Stress Management in Group Therapy
Stress management therapy helps individuals learn how to cope with stress. As a result, it stops being a source of negativity in their lives. Dealing with stress is not something that is naturally ingrained in all people. That is why stress therapy can help.
Stress management that occurs in a group therapy setting brings together individuals who are all experiencing stress at rates that they can no longer manage in their lives. For many, stress is also accompanied by addiction. When enrolled in stress therapy, patients will focus on several different things, including:
- Identifying core stressors
- Learning the warning signs of stress
- Developing skills to help manage feelings of stress before they become overwhelming
- Enhancing focus and attention through compartmentalization
- Figuring out what to avoid in order to prevent stress from being triggered
As with most group therapies, stress therapy that is conducted in a group setting is often highly beneficial to everyone. Of course, stress therapy can be obtained through individual therapy, but it is often in groups where people learn the most. After all, everyone who is involved in stress therapy shares with one another and offers a listening ear. Participants get the opportunity to make progress in their stress management while listening to and learning from the progress and experiences of others. Stress management therapy allows individuals to complete exercises with one another, such as role-playing a stressful situation and determining how to mitigate it.
The most beneficial aspect of stress management group therapy is the support that participants obtain from one another. Through stress therapy, however, they can obtain support and utilize it to continue to make progress.
Do You Need Help?
If you are experiencing stress, addiction, or any other issue that is negatively impacting your life, reach out to us in Battle Creek, Michigan at A Forever Recovery right now. We understand what you are going through and we are here to help.
Don’t wait for one more second to ask for the help that you deserve. Call us today. We can help.