If you’re recovering from a rehab and dealing with withdrawal challenges please read on for helpful insights and strategies.
While rehabs do their utmost best, ensuring you will never relapse, there is always a chance you can. Coming home after recovery can get overwhelming as the thought of dealing with your withdrawals alone can get scary, especially when they can get painful.
It doesn’t help that your body is still not used to living without drugs and may start acting up.
You may feel nauseous, get intense cravings and even get mood swings.
So before you can go back to your life before addiction, you need to deal with the remaining leaves floating in your system.
If you need support with withdrawal challenges after recovering from rehab, I’m here to help.
I love sharing insights and strategies to help people to overcome their challenges.
With this in mind I put together this quick guide on managing withdrawal challenges after rehab.
Here’s how you help yourself.
Withdrawals can give you mood swings, bringing intense changes in your emotional well-being. You may feel happy one minute and may feel melancholic the next. There may be instances where you have a complete breakdown in front of guests. Your mood swings can push people away from you. They may feel nervous, scared, or too worried about you to understand. If you’re experiencing unpredictable moods, get help.
In some cases, you already had an underlying condition triggered by the substances. Perhaps, you may be suffering from a dual diagnosis. For this, you may seek timely help and prevent a relapse from happening. You may visit a rehab facility or explore online to learn more about this option, to understand where your mood swings stem from managing it effectively.
Cravings can get hard to ignore. They can take over thoughts and even make you ache for your source of addiction. So it helps that you ensure that you have nothing at home. Don’t risk it even if you’re sure you can stash away substances in drawers.
That is because while they’re not in plain sight, you still know where they are. The cravings won’t go away anytime soon. So it would help if you established coping mechanisms to prevent a relapse. Anytime the urge to consume hits, you turn to these mechanisms. These can be singing, journaling, jogging, and even sleeping. Make sure you don’t turn to another addiction like binge eating.
Remember:You define the parameters of your boundaries. If you feel you can’t avoid these cravings alone, you should get a caregiver or a friend to come over and watch you.
You may start disconnecting from yourself in various ways. Activities that previously excited you may stop holding any meaning. You may feel down, lethargic, upset and in some cases even struggle to carry out an everyday routine. These are indicators that your mental health needs help. It isn’t unusual for recovering addicts to feel mentally unwell. But, you need to seek immediate assistance, or you may go back to old habits.
Mental health issues can take a toll on your well-being, and therapy is an excellent intervention when you feel like you need an outlet. These professionals get trained to see every case objectively and walk you through your problems. If you feel like you can’t cope alone, you can look into support groups to help you feel better. You may seek substances you feel anything but sadness.
Withdrawal challenges may impact your muscles, causing them to ache. Muscular pain has a range. While some cases are manageable, others are not.
You should seek a doctor when you feel the pain getting worse. It is essential to inform them that you’re a recovering addict and can’t have painkillers.
A doctor may assign you to physical therapy with a licensed professional who would work your muscles. When you’re doing better, you can also look into exercise.
When you discontinue usage, there is a chance you may lose your memories temporality. While selective amnesia happens, it should be treated without delay. Memory losses are dangerous. It can take away your sense of reality and even push you into confusion and loss. You may forget where you are and disassociate. You need help right away. In such cases, your primary health care doctor can run a few tests to confirm your addiction’s after-effects. You may get advised to keep a journal, have a roommate and rest plenty.
While these measures are not enough, it’s essential to get some form of help rather than relying on nothing. You may even visit a neurologist to get a proper diagnosis of your mental status. These professionals can study the course of the illness. They may give you remedies to help you fight short-term memory loss.
You may crave isolation following withdrawals. While it’s not unusual, you should avoid staying alone too long. Your mental well-being is already fragile. There’s no telling what staying away from a company can do to you. You should find ways to break the idea of staying alone and being with people.
You may look into group therapy, counseling, and even talk to a friend. Some programs can assign you a buddy to help you integrate back into socializing. Access all those programs and try to get back on your feet. If you drive people away, it would only hurt you.
Addiction is messy, and the road only leads to pain and regret. When you’re on the path to recovery, you shouldn’t expect it to be easy either. There is much you need to conquer. So it would help if you find ways to look after your withdrawal. Don’t allow your cravings or mental health issues to get the best of you.
Seek timely help and stay away from isolation. It would help if you looked into programs that can benefit you and explained why your withdrawals make it hard to function. Ultimately with the right help, you’ll be on your feet in no time.
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