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Can Stress Lead To Addiction

Can Stress Lead To Addiction
September 15, 2012

According to a survey conducted in 2011, the average American rates their own personal stress level at 5.2 (out of 10), and nearly 22% reported being under “extreme stress” levels on a regular basis. While a certain degree of stress can be healthy (in terms of a “I’m working hard” and “I have a purpose” kind of way), many mental and physical health experts feel that some situations where high levels of stress are present can be self-induced and lead to worsened mental health conditions, physical injury or illness, and addiction.

As you can probably relate, temporary moderate stress levels can light that fire and get you excited, motivated and active. Continued and prolonged levels of extreme stress, however, are unhealthy for both the mind and the body.

Many doctors agree that certain chronic illnesses and bothersome pains are strictly stress induced—headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, heart problems and the common cold for example. But could it be that simple everyday stress actually leads to addiction?

In today’s world, the answer is undoubtedly: yes.

The prescription drug epidemic currently overwhelming the country was recently labeled as America’s fastest-growing drug problem. The US, though just a relatively small piece of the global geographic puzzle, our country consumes over 80% of the world’s opiate drugs. With minor aches, pains and headaches as common as they are, doctors are quick to prescribe a “cure-all” painkiller that is both convenient and powerfully addictive.

Additionally, those who have lost their job or struggle with personal difficulties at home are more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol for relief.

A few tips for everday stress relief, as recommended by stress management experts, are:

-Physical exercise
-Take a walk outside
-Do something creative or artistic
-Talk to a friend

In addition to this, it is best to not “medicate away” stress but use nutritional and environmental options to help relieve it. The more medication that is taken for any reason, the higher the probability the individual has of developing an addiction problem.

If you do know someone who has developed an addiction in order to handle stress contact us today. We provide an effective drug rehab program that achieves a more than 76% success rate.

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