Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. Some adults experience stress in ways that sometimes leads to ‘bad’ stress, rather than the typical ‘good’ stress. What are the signs of stress when combined with substance use disorders? The experienced professionals at Promises Behavioral Health understand the physical and emotional impact of stress on adults. Getting answers to your questions can potentially open the door for living without the potentially harmful effects of stress. For mental health and addiction treatment, contact our experts at Promises Behavioral Health today by calling 844.875.5609.
What Are Some Facts about Stress?
Stress is a normal response to everyday responsibilities and challenges. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes stress as how the brain and the body respond to any type of demand. Experiencing the normal signs of stress often helps people focus on the task or situation. This likely aids in reducing the trigger that caused short-term stress in the first place.
Some facts and statistics about stress include:
- Nearly 50 percent of adults indicate that they laid awake at night because of stress at least once during the previous month
- More than one-third of American adults list economic uncertainty as a source of stress
- More than 75 percent of adults in the U.S. report having emotional or physical signs of stress
- Nearly three in five adults reveal that they could have used more emotional support in the previous year
- Stress is not the same as an anxiety disorder although the two are often described interchangeably
What happens when stress does not go away because the everyday pressures become an overwhelming situation for you? You do not have to experience the signs of stress alone, feeling that no one understands. Promises Behavioral Health is here for you and ready to help you through your stressful time, and with other issues such as mental health treatment or addiction treatment.
What Are Some Signs of Stress?
Stress, particularly the ‘bad’ type of stress, has both emotional and physical implications. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), along with other sources, describes some of the mental and physical effects of stress, including:
- Frequent headaches or jaw pain
- Changes in appetite
- Chest pain or palpitations
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Increased anger or hostility
- Feeling overwhelmed
Similarly, The American Institute of Stress lists 50 common symptoms or signs of stress, including experiencing multiple body aches and pains, displaying forgetfulness or confusion, feeling constant weakness or fatigue, along with experiencing depression and mood swings. Promises Behavioral Health professionals help guide clients through recovering from conditions such as depression, or mood disorders. When stress overwhelms you, treatment can help you regain control over your life, and learn to improve coping skills.
Addiction and Stress
Some people that do not have the tools or the ability to successfully handles stress on their own turn to alcohol or other drugs. Alcohol use disorders, or substance use disorders that occur with using drugs such as Opioids, benzos, or cocaine further increase risks associated with the physical and emotional signs of stress. The caring team at Promises Behavioral Health offers dual diagnosis treatment, 12-step and non-12-step programs.
Furthermore, we use a variety of addiction therapy programs. Using a combination of holistic and evidence-based treatment programs give you the highest likelihood of long-term recovery. We tailor your treatment based on your unique needs, so your treatment will address your specific concerns. Your treatment program may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Mindful meditation therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Group therapy