As much as we would like it to not be, stress is a part of life. The important thing in your continued drug and alcohol recovery is understanding that stress is a part of life and that it doesn’t have to get overwhelming. Many of the students who attend our drug and alcohol recovery programs use drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with stress. However, there are many other methods that are much more beneficial to a person as a whole. Don’t take on more than you can handle, whether it be in your job or in your personal life. You are allowed to say no. If life does start to get a little too stressful, take a minute to refocus yourself and breathe. Get in contact with your mentor or another trusted friend or family member and talk to them about what you’re dealing with. And if necessary, take a day and do something fun to break up this stress of your life.
Family is a big stressor for many people. The thought of holiday get-togethers and other family gatherings can be a big trigger for many people. Instead of turning to drugs or alcohol, utilize the skills and tools that you learned through your drug and alcohol recovery program to put yourself in a better place for these get-togethers. And if all else fails, have a plan of action in place in case you need to escape a family situation.
Loneliness plagues us all at one point or another. Feelings of isolation can hurt, leading you to want to turn to drugs and alcohol as a comfort. Don’t allow yourself to get sent down the path of loneliness. Through your programs with Adult and Teen Challenge USA, you develop relationships with a number of people who are more than willing to be there for you when you are struggling. Getting connected at a church will also provide you the opportunity to connect with people who can be there when you’re having issues. Also, remember that God loves you in that he has created you for a purpose and that purpose is to not feel lonely or controlled by drugs and alcohol.
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