The modern world moves fast and can be incredibly stressful. Many people turn to substances to wind down or cope. But while drugs and alcohol may provide temporary relief, using substances frequently or every day to manage stress can lead to addiction and chemical dependency.
What begins as an attempt to calm frazzled nerves often leads to even more stress as cravings and withdrawal symptoms become unmanageable.
How Stress Changes the Brain
For some people, stress and past trauma go hand in hand. There is a well-established link between childhood abuse or traumatic stress and addiction to substances later in life (although one does not necessarily lead to another).
Chronic stress can also increase the odds that a person will use drugs. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), stress causes changes in the brain like those caused by addictive drugs, suggesting that some people who experience stress may be more vulnerable to drug addiction or drug relapse.
Regardless of the root cause of stress, using drugs and alcohol to cope is not the solution and often leads to even more problems.
If you’re struggling with substance issues related to stress or trauma, a specialized program that integrates stress management as part of treatment can help.
Adelante’s Stress Management and Substance Abuse Program
The comprehensive programs at Adelante Recovery Center address both mental health and substance abuse (dual diagnosis). We are licensed and trained to treat co-occurring disorders including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Stress management is a core part of managing these and other mental health conditions.
The focus of our stress management program is to help clients find better ways of coping with life’s stresses and challenges.
Individual and group therapy form the core of our program. Clients in our residential rehab program attend group therapy sessions several times a week, in addition to one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist.
Some of the stress management therapies our licensed therapists use include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – This evidence-based psychotherapeutic technique helps you identify negative or unhelpful thoughts and replace them with more realistic and objective ones. CBT has been proven to help treat a wide range of conditions, from addictions to phobias to panic attacks.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) – DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps you learn to accept your circumstances, change destructive thought patterns and beliefs, and communicate more effectively.
The interdisciplinary team at Adelante takes a whole-person approach to recovery. Healthy eating, exercise, spiritual connection, and experiential activities like beach walks and yoga are central to our treatment philosophy.
Our well-appointed treatment center in Corona del Mar offers sweeping ocean views and luxury amenities. We are conveniently located for clients in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Get Help Today
Don’t let stress and addiction hold you back another day. Recovery is possible at Adelante Recovery Center. Our experienced team will help you learn how to deal with stress and addiction in healthier ways.
Contact us today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs in Orange County and to schedule a tour of our rehab center.