Alcoholism At Large

Stress strategies key in relapse prevention

Recovering alcoholics and addicts who avoid coping with stress succumb easily to substance use cravings, making them more likely to relapse during recovery, according to 2010 research.

Researchers at Penn State and at the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, Texas Tech University, found that how alcoholics and addicts cope with stress--either by working through a problem or avoiding it--is a strong predictor of whether they will experience cravings when faced with stress.

The research showed that those who dealt with stress by trying to avoid it had twice the... Login to read more
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