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How To Cope With Stress In Recovery

Do you find yourself wondering how to cope with stress? You’re not alone! An estimated 90% of doctor visits are due to stress-related issues, according to the American Psychological Association.  Learning how to cope with stress in healthy ways can be essential while recovering from alcoholism, especially when you’re early in recovery and may be struggling with the temptations to drink.

Cope With Stress In A Healthy Way

Maintaining recovery program

When it comes to how to cope with stress without returning to picking up alcohol and drugs as the solution, adhering to your program of recovery is going to be vital. By regular attendance of meetings, working with a sponsor and/or sponsees, and hearing an inspirational message of hope, you are less likely to revert back to your former patterns and behaviors.  When life throws its unexpected curve balls and challenges at you, a strong recovery program can prove to pull you through so that you don’t have to cope with stress without a solution.

Reach out to support

Recovering from alcoholism and addiction allows individuals in the rooms to connect with others suffering from the same disease, which means that when one another struggle they get to be there for one another for support.  You don’t have to combat your struggles alone as a one person show.  This can strengthen your illness because it enhances your ego when you remain firm in the belief that you don’t need help from anyone.  Reaching out to others in recovery allows you the opportunity to create connections.  By making connections with people, you can develop meaningful relationships, which you may not have had when you were active in your disease.  Relationships can help you rediscover who your authentic self is, which is an aspect you may have tarnished or lost altogether when active in disease.

Above all, it’s most necessary to ensure that as an individual in recovery, you’re keeping up with your recovery program.  If you’re slipping on your maintaining your program of recovery and then stressful moments arise, you may notice yourself feeling more triggered, pressured, or irritated when it comes to wanting to resort to picking up a drink and/or drug.  Reminding yourself that you cannot afford to be returning back to former behaviors you know don’t work and reaching out to others in recovery to call yourself out can be a pivotal part that saves you from a relapse.

Quick Stress-Free Fix

Still stressed? Ask yourself this: Am I hungry, angry, lonely, and/or tired (H.A.L.T.)? If so, it’s important to incorporate balance into your life. Remember that feelings are just that and not facts, so be patient with yourself as you go through this process of healing. Meditation, meetings, sober supports, and balance are some major key ingredients that you can incorporate into your life today to help you become stress-free.

If you are having troubles with staying clean and sober contact The Watershed for help today. You do not have to walk this road alone.




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