The following is a collaboration piece that highlights a few different perspectives on what happens once sobriety is achieved.
Achieving sobriety and kicking your addiction to alcohol or drugs is one of the best things you will ever do if you’ve suffered with addiction. You add literally years to your lifespan, you put yourself on a much brighter path for the future and can eventually get back to being ‘you.’ However, once you get sober it’s not necessarily all sunshine and rainbows. While cravings and worries about falling off the wagon again are to be expected, there are a few other issues that no one probably told you about getting sober! Nothing about this should put you off, just give you a realistic view on what to expect.
Mental health issues
Drugs and alcohol deplete the brain of its ‘happy chemicals.’ They can also disrupt hormones which have an effect on mood, and even after you gain sobriety it can take time for the body to fully heal and get back to normal. Meditation, exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle can help to restore the balance in your body which will in turn make you feel better mentally. Joining support groups, utilizing support forums, chatting to your sponsor or friends and family can all help. If you’re struggling with a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety it’s important to speak to your doctor, who can put you on the right course of treatment. It could be medication, therapy or both.
Long lasting health issues
Liver damage, incontinence, blood borne viruses, diabetes an increased risk of cancers can all be a problem if you’ve had an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Your best bet is to go to the doctor and have a full screening for diseases you’re at risk of, and also have them check your organs and vital signs. It can be scary the thought of having done long lasting damage to your body, however once you know about any conditions that you have you can get onto the right treatment to prevent further damage. You might need to go to more regular screenings for things like cancers, doing so can catch any potential issues in the early and easiest to treat stages.
Due to damage to your health, you might also experience chronic pain after kicking an addiction. Often, nerve damage can cause issues like fibromyalgia and other kinds of body pains that doctors find it difficult to treat and understand. While medication can help to an extent, it’s actually alternative therapies that can really make a difference. Mindfulness and meditation help you gain control of your pain. Acupuncture can be useful for nerve damage, and oils such as aromatherapy oils and CBD oils can be effective. Wellspring CBD speaks about this in more detail. Don’t overlook alternative therapies, do some research and experiment and find what works for you.
With all of this being said, kicking your dangerous addiction is the best thing you can ever do for yourself. In time, your body and mind will heal and you can look forward to a happy and healthy future. Be sure to look after yourself especially well, attend your doctors visits and always take the medical advice you’re given.