==== ==== Charles McDuffie is the owner of The List Building Academy, and offers a free 7-day e-course that shows men and women how to have a successful online business online by first building their optin subscriber list. He believes while the money may be in the list, the fortune lies in the follow up! http://www.listbuildingconcepts.com ==== ==== ID: 5337812 Author: Isiah Giblert Date Published: Nov 07, 2010 Title: Do Alcohol and Drugs Reduce Stress? Summary: The mind-altering substances that we use to try to feel better are both a cause and a result of stress. They are al... Body: The mind-altering substances that we use to try to feel better are both a cause and a result of stress. They are also major factors in turning stress into illness.The problem with drugs, or at least the addictive ones (this includes alcohol and tobacco), is that they reverse their own effects in the long term. You can predict the long-term effect of addictive drugs by looking at what they do in the short term. The long-term effect will be the opposite of the short-term one. Then when you try to stop taking the drug you suffer an even greater opposite effect. This is a withdrawal syndrome. Take alcohol, for example. You are feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood, lacking in confidence, are sleeping poorly and have a lot of aches and pains. You have a couple of drinks and hey presto! These symptoms all disappear. What a wonderful drug. Except that the effect is short-lived and you don't realize, because the effect is so small, that your symptoms are just a little worse each time the booze leaves your system. Thus a slow drift occurs in the opposite direction to the effect that alcohol has each time you take it.The same will happen with any drug that works immediately to reduce the effects of stress. It won't happen with antidepressants because they take weeks to work and are not addictive (more on this later). It happens pretty rapidly with cigarettes, which have the added complication of stimulating production of the body's stress hormones and causing a number of other changes to the body which increase the harmful effects of stress. Don't believe anyone who tells you that cannabis is harmless and non-addictive; it isn't either of these. Apart from its other harmful properties, it has the same effect of slowly ratcheting up anxiety and other stress symptoms as does any other rapidly acting tranquillizer. Any benzodiazepine (the Valium group of drugs) and related sleeping tablets are just as bad. While many people think that sleeping tablets are less addictive than tranquillizers, in fact the opposite is true, as a sleeping tablet is really just a tranquillizer in higher dosage. If you take a little of such a drug, it will make you calmer to begin with but slowly more anxious. Take a higher dose regularly and you will sleep at first, but experience more rapid increase in anxiety as well as insomnia over time.Any other illicit or recreational drug will have an even worse effect. Beware anything that carries the promise of a short-term fix to anxiety and other stress symptoms. If you feel stress is taking up your life, consider learning about NLP. With the right NLP training you can really learn to control your life and improve your life.
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