Handling Stress and Emotions

After recovery, it is critical that you use the skills you have learned at Narconon Fresh Start to handle stress and emotions.

Learning to handle stress and control your emotions is a large part of maintaining sobriety. Before recovery, an addict would turn to their drug of choice to cope with stress or numb themselves from unwanted emotions. Now that they are sober, they have to use the life skills and tools they have learned in treatment to help them manage their stress, decompress and work through their emotions. Graduates of Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs learn these essential life skills and techniques during their time in treatment.

It takes time and effort to learn and develop the new skills and techniques necessary to handle stress and manage one’s emotions. Habitually abusing drugs or alcohol is a habit that wears on the user and becomes second nature when they feel stressed or overwhelmed. To break this habit, the recovering person must repeatedly use the new skills they have developed to handle personal stress and confront their emotions. Only by repetition will these new ways of handling stress and emotions become second nature to them and thoughts of using drugs or alcohol no longer feel like the solution to their problem.

Because the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is a long-term residential treatment method, program participants have the time they need to break their engrained habit to use and develop new, healthy more effective ways to handle stress. During their time enrolled at Narconon Fresh Start, clients become students learning life skills that will help them end their addiction and become the person they were always meant to be before drugs or alcohol took center stage. While at Narconon Fresh Start, students learn the ability to confront, control and communicate with people and the world around them; critical skills to achieving success in life. They also learn how to take personal responsibility for themselves and their actions; this puts the control back in their hands so that they no longer look at themselves as a “victim” of their situation. The majority of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is dedicated to increasing the individual’s ability to function successfully in life. They learn to make correct decisions, work towards productive goals and how to maintain positive relationships while avoiding destructive ones. When these skills are fully developed, the person no longer needs to hide behind drug or alcohol use because they have all the skills they need to handle life sober.

 

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