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How often do you feel stressed? Are you experiencing such symptoms of stress that you require an accessible coping strategy? Do you find such coping through alcohol consumption?

Whether you’re personally experiencing the relationship between the reliance on alcohol and stress, there is currently, and has been for years, a significant correlation between both conditions.

Recognised as a dual diagnosis, both alcoholism and stress carry symptoms that can be life-altering, which can impact health on a substantial level, and which can be extremely difficult to detach from when paired together.

If you’re struggling, reach out to see how dual diagnosis treatment, including stress management and addiction treatment services, will benefit you.

Unfortunately, the relationship between alcohol and stress doesn’t stop there, as we’re aware that alcohol temporarily supports symptoms of stress, alcohol consumption and addiction can in fact induce stress.

The emotional changes that consistent alcohol exposure causes can trigger and increase symptoms of stress, chronically, in fact, subsequently controlling further emotional responses.

As a vicious cycle can materialise through the pairing of alcohol and stress, it is essential to deter the cycle, proactively through dual diagnosis treatment. At Asana Lodge, we’re armed with such services to help our clients detach and recover from both alcoholism and chronic stress.

Causes of alcohol addiction

One of the most commonly noted causes of alcohol abuse falls on excessive stress and pressure. While stress is a normal emotion to experience, where it becomes excessive, continuous and life-altering, it can take over both the body and mind.

Through symptoms of stress, many individuals require a coping strategy. For some, exercise and meditation will work, for others, taking regular breaks away from stressors will suffice. However, in the event of immediate effect, alcohol consumption is one of the most utilised mechanisms, with unknowing consequences.

Leaning on alcohol to combat emotional responses may initially feel positive, as greater relaxation can be expected, as a distorted reality can be expected, as increased levels of happy chemicals are expected.

However, through those positives, combined with the rebound effect of stress, it’s easy to see how addictive alcohol can become, in the attempt to manage stress.

Alcohol addiction can be extremely harmful if enabled and paired with chronic stress, which can turn into a vicious cycle. Alcohol and stress are defined as dual diagnoses, continuing to impact one another, until a break in the cycle is experienced.

To break the cycle, if you’re struggling with chronic stress and the secondary use of alcohol, considering appropriate treatment will be recommended.


Heightened stress as a result of alcoholism

Alcoholism as a primary condition is testing in itself. Whether personal pressures are present, the pressures of others, or the pressures of society, living as and being stereotyped as an alcoholic is tough.

Abusing alcohol is found to deter health, wellbeing, livelihoods, relationships, and reality. Such consequences independently are causations of stress, to a chronic level in the majority of cases.

Paired with further mental health issues, chronic and re-occurring stress can be exhausting, while also found to speed up the addiction cycle.

The presence of alcohol in the body can also induce risks of stress, down to the adaptations caused by such a toxic substance. The body and brain will work to support the presence of alcohol and accept the happy chemicals in which it motivates. Yet, once a degree of withdrawal is encountered, stress, in physical and psychological forms is expected.

Both chronic alcohol and stress problems churn one another, influence one another, and cause the rebound effect, to the point where one will not exist without the other. If you’re abusing alcohol, for any given reason, alcohol addiction treatment services will be worthwhile, in conjunction with stress management, where appropriate.


Signs of chronic stress

Chronic stress is ongoing, is consistent, is present for longer than it isn’t, and is triggered by a multitude of stimuli. Being aware of such signs is very important, helping to identify one part of the dual diagnosis.

Signs of chronic stress to be aware of include:

  • The inability to lead a normal, balanced lifestyle
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Insomnia
  • Negative behavioural changes
  • Weight issues
  • The inability to complete usual responsibilities and routines
  • High abuse of unhealthy coping strategies, such as alcohol

Such signs, paired with the inability to stop the consumption of alcohol, cravings, withdrawal symptoms and physical side effects are indicators of alcohol and stress as a dual diagnosis.

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The vicious cycle of alcohol and stress

It’s clear to see how vicious the cycle of dual diagnosis is. Both alcohol and stress feed into one another’s weaknesses, targeting those who are vulnerable to mental health issues and addiction.

Dual diagnosis can impact any individual, yet those who are abusing alcohol are at higher risk, and those who lead unmanageable and unsustainable lives where stress is a common response are also at greater risk. This is down to the relationships of alcohol and stress problems, where both are commonly found together.

If you are struggling, while it may feel easier to work through the cycle and continue to consume alcohol as some degree of respite, this will in fact make things harder. Instead, you should look towards alcohol addiction treatment and stress management, to heal your mind and body.

Alcohol addiction treatment

Treating alcohol addiction is possible here at Asana Lodge. By understanding your reason for fixating on alcohol, we can form a psychologically designed treatment programme for you, to work through restorative efforts.

Treatment services that surround your mental health, therapy and accountability will be promoted, to work through the damages of alcoholism. Cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, detoxification and relapse prevention planning are some suitable forms that are recommended.

The aim will be to promote alcohol withdrawal while adapting the use of alcohol as a coping strategy.


Stress management

Stress can also be treated here, where stress management, dialectical behavioural therapy and wellbeing management will be the greatest recommendations of treatment. To gauge influential stressors will be the aim while finding sustainable coping strategies to manage such stress.

When experienced in unison, both problems with alcohol and stress can be tough, which is why dual diagnosis treatment will be essential. The above recommendations will work alongside one another to treat the cause, to treat primary and secondary symptoms, and to promote relapse prevention strategies.

If you’re battling through alcohol and stress-related issues, we are here for you at Asana Lodge.

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John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 9 July 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
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