Stress Therapy

stress therapy

Going through rehabilitation from any drug comes with a great deal of stress. Stress may even be what caused the drug use in the first place. Fortunately, there are several easy and healthy ways to conduct stress therapy, whether in a rehabilitation center or on your own.


Physical activity is a great way to alleviate the psychological challenges that come with drug rehabilitation. Playing basketball, working out, or just going for a jog can trigger the release of endorphins, which naturally make the body feel good. Not only do endorphins act as a biological pick-me-up, but the shift of attention to aerobic activity reduces awareness of stress. Down two points in a basketball game, your comeback requires your full attention.

Meditation or Controlled Breathing

Deep relaxation can be achieved through meditation and controlled breathing, making them essential components to stress therapy. Sitting with your back straight up, start to slow your breathing and focus on each inhalation and exhalation. Being sure to remain attentive to your breathing and only your breathing, quietly let go of any of the thoughts that come into your mind. Enjoy your own personal space inside your mind. As you center yourself with your breath, you may find your thoughts clearer and your mind cleansed. Dedicated practice of meditation can have very therapeutic results, leaving you feeling positive and refreshed.Read More: 


A concept of positive psychology, “flow” refers to the state of mind in which you are completely absorbed in your activity. This can be anything that you enjoy, from making music to having sex to reading a book. Flow exists when you lose track of time because you are immersed in your activity, and when you lose track of time, you lose stress along with it. Not only does engaging in activities that promote flow offer advantages while you are in the state of mind, there are lingering benefits: afterwards, you will feel fulfilled having spent time doing something you truly enjoy.



Another important component of stress therapy is self-expression. Everyone has emotions, and in trying times they need to be expressed. This can mean writing, painting, singing, or the use of any other creative outlet. Stress confronts the individual, and thus the individual must confront the stress by expelling it in a positive and constructive manner. Self-expression facilitates understanding, and offers the chance for others to share your perspective. Additionally, this method allows you to voice your opinions about your rehabilitation. If you express yourself, you will be satisfied at the communication of your ideas, and those around you will be well-equipped to nurture them.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the components of stress therapy, but these methods are important factors that can lead to permanent recovery. These are easy activities that can be done at any time and in any environment, and are sure ways to reduce all kinds of stress. Rehabilitation is not easy, but with these tools it will be effective.

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