Last updated: 10/25/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
Reading Time: 3 minutes
One of the most common reasons a person will relapse during the recovery process is due to stress related problems. Many addicts find themselves using drugs to escape their daily stresses. When the person can find stress relief techniques to help them overcome these feelings and situations, they will be more likely to have a successful recovery and less likely to relapse in the future.
Each of the following tips can help you overcome addiction and move on to a life free of addictions.
1. Prep For The Recovery Process
One of the most important stress relief techniques that should be applied in recovery is prep. Organizing and understanding what recovery entitles can help reduce stress levels. When a person goes into a recovery program for their addiction, they should understand exactly what symptoms or events that could come up during the process. Before the person enters into the program, they should make sure to bring any items that may help them recover. This could be items such as pictures of family or friends, gifts from loved one, blankets or anything that may have some type of sentimental value. When the person has things to help them feel secure, other than the drug, they can experience less stress and feel more secure and focused on recovery.
Many people find that meditation is one of the best stress relief techniques because it helps in multiple ways. Meditation is used to help people overcome addictions, sleep better, help treat health related issues and help them dig deep and find their true self. When a person learns how to meditate, they can develop better breathing habits which leads to less stress and better stress management skills. Mediation also helps the way brain thinks and functions. It has been found that when meditation is used, it helps increase signaling connections to the brain which makes the brain able to fight against mental illnesses.
3. Healthy Diet
The persons diet can have a lot to do with how they can handle stress. There are many different stress busting foods such as oranges, oatmeal, spinach and fish. According to the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, food can offer different chemical reactions in the body to help manage stress during recovery. Fish is a great food to consume because it is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that help manage stress hormones and fight off mood disorders such as depression.
When a person is looking for a pick me up while recovering from an addiction, they should typically stay clear of high sugar and caffeinated drinks. The best refreshment for them to consume is water. Water will help their body stay hydrated and fight off bacteria and viruses. Another great drink to consume is black tea. Black tea helps reduce stress due to the herbs that it contains. People who drink black tea typically feel calmer and deal with stressful situations better.
During recovery, it is important for the person to be a part of some type of exercise program. Most recovery programs have a exercise program and other active resources. Exercise is another great option for stress relief techniques because it keeps the body active. When the body stays active, feel good endorphins are released and helps distract the person from stressful situations and thoughts. Some great ways to get in exercise are running, weight lifting, yoga and swimming. Swimming is one of the best because it works out the whole body and is type of therapy to help keep the person calm.
5. Keep Positive Company
One of the ultimate stress relief techniques is keeping positive company. When the persons environment and people around them are positive, their chances of experiencing high amounts of stress are less likely. This is where support groups and other types of therapies can help the person through the recovery process. Support groups are typically a great way to get encouragement and help the person feel better about their situation.