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How to Treat Acute Stress and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

Acute stress is a condition defined as anxiety and panic related to traumatic events and occurrences. The condition has been well-studied as a factor in contributing to ongoing substance abuse, which sufferers use to self-medicate the acute stress condition. Individuals exposed to high-stress events and environments are at increased risk of substance abuse or relapsing into substance abuse if they’ve already committed to rehabilitation efforts.

What makes acute stress with co-occurring substance abuse a difficult condition to treat is the comorbid nature of it. Not only are individuals in need of treatment for acute stress, but also for substance abuse.

Fortunately, rehabilitation centers like those at Casa Capri are equipped to help nurture individuals along the path to a full and life-long recovery from substance abuse and the trauma associated with acute stress.

What are the symptoms of acute stress?

Acute stress produces emotional and physical symptoms. Physical symptoms can include the following:

  • Nausea and abdominal pains
  • Chest pains and palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Breathing difficulties

Making things worse for the sufferer, acute stress also causes a host of painful emotional symptoms.

  • Recurrent dreams and flashbacks
  • Emotional numbness, anxiety, low mood, irritability, and isolating of oneself
  • Avoidance of people, places, and things that can trigger a flashback or memory of the traumatic event
  • Reckless and self-destructive behavior, including substance abuse

The co-occurring nature of these two conditions requires individually-tailored treatment options. Individual, group and family therapy along with detoxification efforts have been shown to lead to a full recovery from acute stress and substance abuse sufferers.

What are the signs of self-medication substance abuse?

Individuals suffering from acute stress related to a traumatic event are at increased risk of self-medicating the symptoms of the illness. Not only is acute stress a horrible condition to suffer from on its own, but co-occurring substance abuse comes with its own set of unpleasant and potentially deadly consequences.

Signs of self-medicating substance abuse are behavioral in nature and can include the following:

  • Misusing legally obtained prescription drugs
  • Increased drug tolerance
  • Using drugs to relieve or avoid unpleasant symptoms
  • Continuing to use drugs despite negative side-effects
  • Using more of the drug than intended

How to treat acute stress disorder and drug abuse?acute stress and drug abuse

Acute stress disorder and substance abuse are two horrible conditions, and an individual suffering from both at the same time has a different set of needs to make a full recovery than someone suffering from one or the other. Individual, group and trauma therapy are often used in recovery.

Here at Casa Capri, acute stress and substance abuse sufferers are nurtured in a supportive and structured environment. Care and attention are given to the individual’s unique set of circumstances, and a tailor-made plan of action is undertaken to give them the best chance of recovery from acute stress and co-occurring substance abuse.

Learn to Manage Stress, Let Go of Worry and Find Balance in Recovery 

Acute stress disorder is characterized by severe anxiety and panic following a traumatic event and it’s quite common among young women struggling with substance abuse. At Casa Capri Recovery, we have the therapeutic tools clients need to learn healthy ways to manage stress and heal trauma so they can prevent relapse and find quality, lasting sobriety.  You can get help for substance abuse, PTSD and acute stress disorder at Casa Capri’s nurturing, supportive and accredited alcohol rehab and drug rehab centers. You need not wait another day to begin your healing journey back to life. Please, pick up the phone and call us now at 855-816-8826.

Our all-female staff of doctors, psychologists, addiction counselors and holistic health practitioners is the best around. Together, our team will craft an addiction treatment program designed just for you; your need, values, and goals. We have over 28 innovative and proven treatment modalities that include the newest approaches and technology in addiction treatment today. You can choose from individual or group therapy, brain mapping, EMDR, trauma therapy, massage, yoga, and many more.

Unconditional Love, Deep Healing and a Sisterhood of Support

No doubt if you’re dealing with acute stress and a substance abuse disorder, you’ve been through a lot. We are passionate about helping young women just like you, heal the past and create a beautiful, vibrant future—free of addictive chemicals and fear. Casa Capri is a safe, secure family-like environment where you’ll be surrounded by a sisterhood of women that support one another on this new and joyful journey.

We are here to love you until you can love yourself. Please give us a call and give yourself a real chance at recovery. Our compassionate, friendly intake team is available round the clock to take your call, answer questions and get you on the road to sweet sobriety. Call now; 855-816-8826.

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