March 20, 2020 PCI Centers
Adaptive Coping Mechanisms: Maladaptive Coping
Bad things happen to us every day. Maybe there’s an accident ahead of you on the highway that makes you late for work. Perhaps you come home to find that your kids have broken something valuable. Maybe a partner has broken up with you, or some other negative thing has happened. When these bad things happen to us, it can make us feel stressed. We all have to deal with stress, but how we deal with it is what’s important. There are ways to deal with stress that actually make us more stressed out. At PCI Centers, we can help you develop adaptive coping mechanisms.
It is common to wrongfully deal with stress by shouting at loved ones, drinking too much, abusing drugs, etc. Such actions deceivingly reduce stress for a moment, but eventually will cause you to feel even more stressed than before.
There Could be Underlying Traumas
It’s important to note that even though many people begin abusing alcohol and drugs to deal with stress, that’s not always the main reason behind their addiction. For many of the people we treat, they have some kind of underlying trauma fueling their addiction without adaptive coping mechanisms to manage. Their way to deal with that (and the resultant stressors) is to abuse alcohol and drugs. What can make this especially pernicious is that they might not even be aware that they have these underlying traumas in the first place.
Professionals to Help with Adaptive Coping Mechanisms
When you come here, we can help you to develop healthier, or more adaptive coping mechanisms. Even when you’re living a sober, healthy life, you’re going to have to deal with stress a lot. That’s just a part of life. PCI Centers helps developing coping mechanisms that reduce stress and minimize negative consequences like maladaptive coping skills. You can choose coping mechanisms that lead you to feeling more positive for whatever comes next.
An Assessment, and then a Plan
When someone comes to PCI Centers, whether they are dealing with addiction or some other kind of issue, our trained staff gives them a thorough evaluation. From there, we put together a treatment plan that perfectly fits their specific needs. By that same token, we help develop the sort of coping mechanisms that are just right for your situation. Instead of a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all tool, we work with you to build skills that are most relevant to your life.
To learn more about how to develop these skills, or to schedule an assessment, contact us here or call us at (747) 222-7464.