All of us can feel stressed at times, it’s a natural response to daily life. Whilst it can be an uncomfortable feeling, some instances of low-level stress can actually boost your motivation or be helpful towards a task you’re trying to achieve.

The NHS describes stress as “the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure”. It’s very common for too much stress to negatively impact us physically, psychologically, and emotionally, particularly when it begins to feel out of our control.

Living with high-stress levels can be extremely difficult. Constant mental or emotional pressure caused by stress can be physically draining, making you feel unable to cope with daily life and potentially leading to addiction.

Many things can lead us to feel stressed, these could include pressures at work, relationship conflict, financial difficulties, and the list goes on. But we don’t want to feel constantly exhausted and anxious from chronic stress; there is a way to relieve ourselves of this awful condition.

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How Can We Relieve Stress?

Here at Nova Recovery, our small rehab centre is located on the beautiful west coast of Scotland and offers a recovery model which focuses on the biological and psychological responses to stress, anxiety, burnout, and associated addictive behaviours.

Our exceptional team of psychiatrists, nurse managers, mental health nurse therapists, and support therapists, utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also known as CBT, alongside the addiction and stress response model to help those suffering from stress and substance abuse begin to recover from their condition.

We have a vast range of dual-diagnosis treatment options available to help relieve stress and overcome drug or alcohol addiction at our rehab in Scotland. There isn’t one specific way to effectively treat every person, each individual is unique, therefore we must be prepared with a wide variety of therapies.

We deliver interactive groups for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which include techniques such as mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation, all of which will help you to deal with stress.

Our team will be able to take you through a number of therapies which will help to identify the underlying reasons which may be causing your stress. Having the ability to recognise these causes and the triggers that come with them will give you a great advantage when working towards your recovery.

At our private rehab in Scotland, you have the added advantage of being just a short stroll from lots of lovely country walks and stunning beaches overlooking the Isle of Arran.

Something as simple as being outside in the fresh air has been known to help relieve stress, which is why we strongly encourage outdoor activities for all of our clients. We also take regular trips around the local area which can help with stress relief and provide you with a sense of calm.

What is Fight or Flight Mode?

When experiencing difficult situations, our bodies naturally show signs of stress. So, when we’re put under pressure in one of these difficult situations, our bodies will release adrenaline and cortisol which triggers our fight or flight mode, also known as the acute stress response, preparing us to either stay and deal with the threat, or to run away to safety.

This natural physiological reaction can make us feel anxious, hyper-alert, and even paranoid, clouding our minds and leaving us unable to think logically.

How Do You Get Started with Our Stress Treatment?

Initially, you’ll need to get in touch with our admissions team to discuss your stress levels and explain the nature of your substance abuse to us. You can take as much time as you need to ask any questions and discuss our addiction and stress relief therapies with us.

From here, if you’re happy to proceed with Nova Recovery, we can arrange a date for you to begin your stress treatment. Upon your arrival, we will conduct a full assessment of your physical and psychological health to ensure that we can design the most effective treatment plan which is specific to your needs.

There’s no need to feel concerned or embarrassed about admitting that you need help to manage stress and overcome substance abuse. We welcome all sorts of people from our centre from all walks of life who simply want to learn how to relieve their stress in the most effective way possible.

The earlier you seek support, the higher your chances are of avoiding long-term damage from stress and substance addiction. The short period of time you spend with us learning new techniques to deal with stress can improve your physical and mental health for the rest of your life.

What Are the Dangers of Stress?

To most people stress is a fairly common aspect of life which doesn’t pose much threat, however, when you’re dealing with severe stress which has the potential to lead to anxiety, extreme mental or emotional pressure, insomnia, or drug and alcohol addiction, it can have a detrimental impact on your general health.

Symptoms of stress can include a physical reaction such as high blood pressure which could possibly lead to heart problems. It’s also quite common to see individuals who suffer from chronic stress struggling to eat or sleep properly, resulting in diabetes or obesity.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs of stress, then it’s vital that you visit your GP and discuss a diagnosis if you haven’t already.

You could be diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder or Chronic Stress Disorder which have only recently been taken seriously as doctors are now recognising the significant impact which stress has on both your physical and psychological well-being.

If you’re tired of managing high-stress levels and want to put a stop to this overwhelming pressure, then call us today on 01475 303998 or email us at to start dual diagnosis treatment.


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.