Stress management requires people to take focused inventory of internal and external factors impacting one’s life. There are warning signs of stress which are helpful to know so that a person can cope better with stress to avoid relapse in recovery.
Managing stress is a skill which needs to be worked on. Recognising physical and psychological symptoms may help the person with addiction manage better. A person with addiction who is completing treatment should make a stress management plan. Stress management is part of relapse prevention. A plan should ask:
What are physical signs of stress
What are psychological signs of stress
What are situations which cause stress
How can a person relax without use of alcohol or drugs
How to relax when stressed
Each source of stress can then have a plan of attack around how to cope when things come up so that the person feels more equipped to handle what may come.
Smarmore Castle is a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Ireland. We have a comprehensive residential rehabilitation programme for the treatment of alcohol, drugs and other issues surrounding addiction. Call us at +353 41 986 5080 for more information.