How to deal with drug and alcohol withdrawals after going sober

drug and alcohol withdrawal

One of the most challenging struggles people encounter after an addiction to drugs or alcohol is fighting against the drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Simply put, dealing with sober living after prolonged use. People are aware that physical withdrawals are difficult to get through, but it is the other side of the struggle that is less talked about. It is a difficult mental challenge to prepare for your brain driving you towards your addiction to make it feel better.

How to fight drug and alcohol withdrawals

One of the key steps to recovery and fighting the drug and alcohol withdrawals is to replace the addiction with another activity. The difficulty in this lies in the fact that the dopamine rush from drugs is so high that it makes the rush from other activities feel weak in comparison.

During resting, you are at a normal level of dopamine. Playing a video game will increase it, on average, by three quarters whereas sex doubles it. Meanwhile taking a hit of methamphetamine will increase your level to 1300%. This is the main reason that withdrawals are so impactful on your mind. The key is to stick to your replacement activity and ween your brain off its addiction to the high levels of dopamine. While important, finding replacement activities are not the only thing you can do to combat the need for drugs.

One of the greatest things you can do for your fight against alcohol withdrawal symptoms is to surround yourself with positive people that are social, and active. Trips to cafés, or simple social gatherings can improve your chances of feeling well enough to stave off urges, even if it is for just an hour or two.

To illustrate this point, there was a test conducted on rats where they were offered water, and drugged water. The study found that the rats would be draw to, and abuse, the drugged water at nearly every opportunity. When the rats’ quality of life was improved, they nearly ignored it completely. This showcases just how much of a role environment plays in our draw to drugs and alcohol.

It should be your goal to be by those you know love and care about you. The more people around to listen, and to express care towards you the easier the alcohol withdrawals will become. But despite doing all these things you are unlikely to remove the alcohol and drug withdrawal entirely.

How Anti-Dose can help

We at Anti-Dose can help you when you are trying to figure out how to get sober. We can offer you spaces to feel safe and secure, or an ear to listen when you need someone to express your struggles. Our aim at Anti-Dose is to make you as comfortable as possible, improving your quality of life and removing the need for addictions. Please feel free to contact us.

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