Common Stress Triggers

woman struggling with common stress triggers

Common Stress Triggers

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: August 28, 2020

Stress is one of the most troubling factors in the life of a person trying to stop using drugs or alcohol. Common stress triggers can make it harder for you to stay no, especially if you do not have a plan to deal with them in place. And stress is of particular concern during the current health crisis when people are worried about their health, their loved ones, and their employment and finances. Our team at Lakeview Health can help you deal with both your addiction and the stress that’s fueling it. And we are dedicated to doing so through the current COVID crisis.

At Lakeview Health, we know that battling stress can lead to various mental and physical health conditions. If you’re ready to free yourself from your stress and anxiety, contact Lakeview Health at 866.704.7692 to learn about your treatment options.

Why Does Stress Happen?

Stress occurs because of the body’s need to work through a complex situation. The stress hormone, cortisol, travels through the body when you are feeling stressed. It can tense up your muscles to make them ready to work. It can increase your heart rate so you can fight or run. Yet, in today’s world, these outcomes are no longer helpful. The hormone remains in your system, making it harder for you to face the challenges ahead. This often leads to many people self-medicating to deal with that stress. When self-isolating at home as many people are during the COVID crisis, these responses are, tragically, far more common.

What Are Common Stress Triggers?

By understanding what your common stress triggers are, you may be able to work through them sooner or in a safer manner. That can help you to overcome the desire to use drugs or alcohol as a way to compensate. Most often, stress occurs from significant change or life-threatening encounters. Here are a few factors that can trigger high levels of stress.

  • Death of a loved one
  • Serious illness diagnosis
  • Loss of a job
  • Serious injury
  • Getting married
  • Financial difficulties
  • Emotional problems

An enormous number of individuals are dealing with just such triggers while in isolation, and so it is important that we all be vigilant in identifying them. If you or someone you care about is dealing with any of these types of stress triggers, it is important for you to take steps to treat them as soon as possible.

Why Addiction and Stress Happen Together

These common stress triggers can be hard to handle emotionally, which often leads to the need to relieve the stress. There are healthy ways to do so, such as by exercising, meditating, or talking to someone. Yet, for many people, this rarely happens. And it can be even more difficult to take advantage of these when in quarantine. Instead, many people turn to alcohol or drugs to get the relief they need. That’s because these chemicals can help to reduce your brain’s ability to focus on those stressors. However, if you always need to use benzodiazepines or alcohol to help you relax, you put yourself in danger of addiction. If you battle both addiction and anxiety or another stress disorder, contact our dual diagnosis treatment center today. 

How Can You Get Help for This?

It starts with understanding that you do not have to live like this. There are numerous treatment options available that can help you. Our team at Lakeview Health can provide you with the tools you need to overcome these risks. We offer treatment programs for addiction, such as:

If stress is consuming your life, now is the time to take action. Let our professionals guide you on how to do just that and how to reclaim your overall wellbeing and health.

Find the Support You Need at Lakeview Health

When the time comes to find help for the common stress triggers in your life, our team can be there. You do not have to turn to drugs and alcohol as a way of managing these risks. Instead, let our team at Lakeview Health provide you with the support and guidance you need. Learn more by giving our compassionate counselors a call at 866.704.7692.

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