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When you just need something to “take the edge off” so you can relax

If you are a in recovery, chances are you have turned to substance use in the past to calm your anxiety. Calming anxiety is one of the most common reasons that people use drugs and alcohol. And now that you are in recovery, the anxiety does not just go away on its own.

Here are a few ways you can “take the edge off” without using drugs or alcohol that will promote the healthier lifestyle you want and align with your goals for recovery.


We all know that exercise is good for us, but it’s easy to forget all of the things that can happen when we don’t make time for it. When you hear that voice in your head telling you to pour a glass of wine, instead put on a pair of sneakers and take a brisk walk. You may be surprised at how much tension and stress fades away!

Education and Personal Growth

It is easy to become stressed about the unknown. Whether you are struggling to learn something at work or not sure how to cope with a personal issue, it can really pay to educate yourself. Confidence in what you are doing or facing can make you feel so much better.

Drink More H2O

Did you know that dehydration can contribute to your anxiety? When you deprive yourself of the water it needs, your body stops functioning properly. The stress that this causes on your body can cause you to feel anxiety. You are also more likely to experience symptoms that trigger panic attacks such as lightheadedness, muscle fatigue and weakness, headaches, feeling faint and increased heart rate (


Anxiety can make you feel like you don’t have time for anything, especially hobbies. But hobbies are great for calming anxiety! Hobbies like scrapbooking, gardening, photography or cooking can induce relaxation, ignite creativity and can even help you redefine yourself. Actively engaging in your hobbies can be a great way to clear your mind and lift your spirits. (

When Individual Counseling and Professional Treatment May be Needed

Sometimes your anxiety may be caused by more than just periods of stress or uncertainty in life and require professional diagnosis and treatment. Talking to a counselor can help you determine the best course of action and help you reduce the likelihood of a slip or relapse during recovery. Non-narcotic medication can be prescribed if necessary, and a counselor can also help you get to the root of any emotional causes.

If you are experiencing anxiety that is interfering with your life, there are so many resources available to help you. You don’t have to “just live with it” or try to get over it on your own. Contact us and we will provide you with the direction you need to live the quality of life you deserve!