Stress Management

Busy lives, financial stressors and enormous responsibilities can push you to the brink. Come see us, we can help!

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of  water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full”  question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. The longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Because stress is part of everyday life, learning the most effective way to deal with it is critical, especially for people who have become dependent upon alcohol, drugs or other compulsive behaviors to help them cope.  Not doing so places the individual at high risk for relapse, which in turns only creates more stress.

The inneractions program employs evidenced based treatment strategies aimed at assisting our patients in developing more effective ways to deal with both everyday stress, and that which has been created by the lingering consequences of unhealthy dependencies.