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Personally I think never, unless you are an immediate danger to yourself or others and then it should only be a temporary solution.
Why are you stressed? Surely it is better to try and understand what needs to change, rather than just shutting up the parts that are distressed with meds? Isn't that really disrespectful to those parts? They are asking to be heard, not just suppressed with meds or alcohol or drugs.
I seem to remember 'stress is the body's normal response to the threat of harm or loss' from 'Which' Way to Avoid Stress years ago.
If you Google Holmes & Rahe you'll find their stress scale that has been challenged 'cos we don't all respond to stressors in the same way.
Aerobic exercise will change adrenaline & noradrenaline (the stress hormones for flight or fight) into endorphin-like the recent research about outdoor walks.
Fritz Perls (gestalt psychotherapy) said 'breathe and feel the excitement'-that's a good way to be calm when we're anxious & stressed-that's diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing or yoga breathing.
It is bad news generally to treat normal our normal response with external drugs though herbal stuff can help BUT check if you're already on medication.
For me I walk everyday with me dog, keep a journal in which I discuss things with myself (a way of becoming your own best friend) & use a singing bowl for relaxation & meditation.
Talking to someone also helps-hope some of this helps,