Last year, 20 Congress members asked the . Government Accountability Office to probe state and federal oversight of sober living homes. And a bill by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, would amend the Fair Housing Act to allow local and state governments to limit the number of rehab-related facilities in residential zones, “provided that the limitation is necessary to preserve the residential character of the area, allows for a reasonable number of such facilities … and does not place an overall cap on their number.” It would also require facilities get operating licenses or use permits, or satisfy a set of consumer protection standards.
* Learning a meditation technique such as mindfulness . This teaches people to observe what is happening in their mind without taking it so personally. Just the simple technique of naming and observing stress can be enough to reduce it.
* Relaxation techniques provide the body with the opportunity to let go of stress. This could include simple breathing techniques or visualizations.
* Exercise is another good way to relieve stress. This is because it increases the release of body chemicals that make people feel good . Just going for a long walk every day can be enough to keep stress levels under control.
* Listening to music or spending time engaged in a hobby can also dramatically reduce stress levels.
* Getting away for a few days can help people recharge and escape the usual stressors. A break away from normal living also provides the opportunity to reassess life.
* Keeping a journal provides the opportunity to vent about stressors. These annoyances tend to be more damaging when they are internalized. Just writing about them on paper can diminish the strength of these stressors.
* Talking about problems to other people is another good way to reduce stress levels
* If people continue to struggle with chronic stress it is advisable that they seek advice from a therapist .
Although some research indicates that psychedelic drugs may enhance suggestibility and certain aspects of psychotherapy, the benefits of dissociative anesthetics such as ketamine and ibogaine may simply be the result of enduring biochemical changes in the brain. For example, in 2006 Carlos Zarate of the National Institute of Mental Health published a study demonstrating ketamine’s unusual antidepressant properties. A single infusion of ketamine relieved symptoms of depression in some patients within a few hours, and that relief persisted for several days.