Stress is often a factor that prompts the use of drugs and/or alcohol. However, stress can also play a significant role in the process of recovery. Stressors produce the hormone Cortisol which, in turn, can activate cravings. At times of high stress, people in early recovery may experience thinking problems, inappropriate emotions and memory problems. Often, it makes people feel like they are going crazy. While these symptoms are a normal part of recovery, they are often misunderstood which can lead to even more stress. To learn more about the connection between stress and alcohol please visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.