Stress and Relapse

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Stress and Relapse
Addiction is a disease affected by social, individual, and behavioral factors (Sinha). In addiction many things can cause one to relapse and fall back into an addictive lifestyle. The key factor in daily living for people with or without an addiction is stress. Stress is a mental, physical, and emotional strain on a person. Stress can cause a person to feel as though they cannot deal with anything around them. For an individual that has an addictive personality the smallest amount of stress is a trigger. The key in maintaining sobriety is to learn different ways of coping with the everyday stressors that one may encounter each day.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make one feel threatened or supsets their balance in some way (Schwabe et al). It is a key in the development of addiction or relapse (Sinha 2). It has been discovered that addiction is an outlet people use to escape from or treat the problems in their lives when they cannot deal with their stress properly (Wilson). Life is hard without having an addictive personality and stress is commonly overloading, but it is proven that there are ways to deal with stress in a manageable way. Finding these ways of dealing with stress can be a blessing for an addict.

The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on a person (Schwabe et al). The signs of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress can affect the mind and body. It is a matter of taking a step back and evaluation the situation before making an impulsive decision that could produce more stress. Unfortunately addiction is all pain and no gain, it brings along more problems (Digilio). Focusing on recovery and healthy living will help keep the mind away from stress.

There are different coping mechanisms such as stress reduction, anger management, time structuring, support systems, and recovery programs (Digilio). Time management is a huge part of recovery as well. If the mind is kept...