Acute stress, or acute stress reaction as it is otherwise known, is a severe psychological disorder that often develops after exposure to a traumatic or stressful event.

Diagnosed by medical professionals based on symptoms that are encountered, acute stress typically arises immediately after a traumatic or stressful event.  Unlike post-traumatic stress disorder, which can impair an individual’s life for months and even years after an event takes place, acute stress usually alleviates within four weeks.

Although acute stress is known to alleviate within four weeks, acute stress treatment is necessary.  Sadly, when acute stress treatment is not sought, many individuals find themselves at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

At Nova Recovery we can offer dual diagnosis treatment for people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and acute stress. Learn more here.

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If you have witnessed or experienced a traumatic or stressful event and have since experienced symptoms including flashbacks, insomnia, nightmares, low moods, and substance abuse you should secure addiction and acute stress treatment as soon as possible.

Should you find yourself unable to secure substance abuse and acute stress treatment in your hometown, we can offer you a place at our Scotland-based rehab.

Signs And Symptoms Of Acute Stress

As touched on above, acute stress is diagnosed by a medical professional based on symptoms encountered as a result of a stressful or traumatic event.

Many of the signs and symptoms encountered will be psychological. However, when left untreated, physical and behavioural symptoms gradually emerge.

Below, we have outlined the signs and symptoms you will likely experience if you are struggling with acute stress.

  • Flashbacks
  • Vivid memories
  • Nightmares
  • Negative thoughts
  • Prolonged bouts of sadness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Reduced memory surrounding the traumatic event
  • Isolation from others
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

If you experience any of the above symptoms, we would urge you to call us today to secure dual diagnosis acute stress treatment.

While you may feel anxious and you may be worried about doing so, failure to secure treatment when you need it could see you at risk of developing other psychological disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Sadly, these psychological disorders will significantly impair the quality of your life and require medical intervention if they are to be managed and overcome.

Acute Stress Treatment Options

Across the United Kingdom, there are many suitable acute stress treatment options readily available for individuals struggling with acute stress to take advantage of.

However, the number of individuals securing acute stress treatment is somewhat low.  In many instances, this is because those in need of acute stress treatment are unaware of their treatment options.

To ensure that you are aware of your treatment options, we have outlined a number of the commonly administered treatments for acute stress below.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness Sessions
  • Stress Management
  • Bereavement, Trauma and Abuse Counselling
  • Family Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Self-Help Sessions
  • Holistic Therapy

Addiction and Acute Stress Treatment at Nova Recovery

At Nova Recovery Scotland, we provide personalised addiction and acute stress treatment programmes to individuals from all walks of life that have found their day-to-day life affected by acute stress.

While the acute stress treatment incorporated into our programmes greatly varies, each of our treatments focuses on alleviating the signs and symptoms associated with acute stress and substance abuse.  Furthermore, our dual diagnosis treatment ensures that those progressing through acute stress treatment learn how to cope with and manage the factors and triggers that could cause them to experience acute stress in the future.

Not only does this prevent other psychological disorders from arising, but it ensures that many can successfully overcome the acute stress and drug or alcohol addiction that will have crippled their life.

Below, we have outlined a number of dual diagnosis treatments that are often incorporated into our treatment programmes.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a highly effective form of acute stress treatment.  Conducted in one-to-one settings, cognitive behavioural therapy is led by our team of psychiatrists and mental health nurse therapists to help individuals deal with stress.

If you are offered cognitive behavioural therapy upon attending our rehab centre, techniques such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation will be employed.

These techniques will help you understand what has caused acute stress to impair your life and lead to addiction.  These techniques will also help you develop coping strategies, which, as touched on above, will help you successfully overcome your acute stress disorder.

Well-Being Therapy

While cognitive behavioural therapy has helped many overcome their acute stress disorders, well-being therapy is also incorporated into our treatment programmes for stress and addiction.

Unbeknown to many, well-being therapy sees individuals encouraged to participate in yoga, meditation, group walks and fitness activities.

Although you may question whether well-being therapy is necessary, we would ask you to bear in mind that 62% of adults who experience stress state that exercise and well-being therapy are beneficial when considering how they manage stress.


If deemed necessary upon conducting your clinical assessment, our medical team may also prescribe antidepressants and prescription medications to help with addiction. While you may not like the thought of taking medication, antidepressants will help reduce the acute stress disorder symptoms you experience.

Ascertaining the Acute Stress Treatment You Require

To ensure that you are provided with suitable acute stress treatment, we will conduct a clinical assessment as you enter our rehab facility.

This assessment will enable our teams to review your physical and psychological health and understand how acute stress has impaired your life.  We will also discuss the trauma or event that has caused you to experience acute stress.

Upon talking to you, our team will be able to recommend a number of treatment options.  Each of the treatment options will be discussed with you in great detail to ensure that you are happy to go ahead with addiction and acute stress treatment.


Contact Us Today To Secure Acute Stress Treatment

Having reviewed the signs and symptoms of acute stress, if you believe that you may require acute stress treatment, we welcome you to contact us today.

Upon doing so, our admissions team will talk you through our acute stress treatment options and inform you of what you can expect should you attend our rehab centre.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: June 23, 2023

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 professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals 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.