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Why Is Stress Management Important For Professionals In Recovery?

6 Ways Your Workplace Could Be Contributing to Mental Health Concerns

Now that I’m sober, I should handle my stress just fine.

Now that I’m sober, I can take on more responsibility and stress.

Drugs and alcohol were the problem. Now that I’m clean, I should t have any more problems at work.

These are the thoughts commonly experienced by professionals in recovery who are thinking ahead after treatment. As part of their treatment programming at the Center For Professional Recovery, professionals strategize their transitions back into work, create a relapse prevention plan, and work on stress management. Problematically, these thoughts kick stress management to the curb. Foolishly, Professionals May think that the only thing getting in the way of their ability to effectively deal with stress at work was their addiction. Quickly, professionals learn that stress at work was an inflammatory factor in their addiction and a trigger for negative mental health.

Addiction changes the way the brain perceives stress and pleasure. Addictive substances like drugs and alcohol create surges of pleasure in the brain by stimulating a hyper production of a brain chemical called dopamine. Dopamine creates feelings of pleasure and sends those feelings to different areas around the brain. Overtime, the brain becomes dependent on dopamine the more substances a professional uses. As a result, the brain becomes less tolerant to stress, any perceptibly non-pleasurable experiences. Additionally, when the brain experiences stress, it automatically craves pleasure which, by way of substance abuse, has become equated with finding, obtaining, and using drugs.

Stress management is important for professionals in recovery because professionals are guaranteed to encounter stress in their daily professional lives. Even though they are in recovery and are actively changing their brain chemistry, in the beginning, stress will still trigger cravings for pleasure in the form of drugs and alcohol. In the early months of recovery this can be difficult and triggering as the skills for coping with triggers are still new.

Stress management helps professionals effectively reduce the severity of stress on their life, how it affects them, and how they respond to it.  By taking on too much stress, or blatantly ignoring the effect stress is having on them, professionals run the risk of relapse. Stress management is part of any relapse prevention plan and an ongoing development in recovery.

Our Professionals Treatment Program was designed by professionals for professionals using the best practices proven to change lives. Call the Center For Professional Recovery today: 855-422-4129

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