Whoever coined the phrase “tough love” provided a grade-A definition for drug withdrawal. Although you will be doing your body and your mind a world of good, detaching yourself from cigarettes and purging nicotine from your bloodstream can be as irritating as getting over a nasty flu. There is one exception, though: if you slip up with this sickness, it will never go away, even after time. So how are you supposed to get through that nasty slump of nicotine withdrawal symptoms when there’s work to be done and fun to be had? Here are a few tips that could get you through your rocky day.
1. Combating Sleep Problems
Needless to say, after you have endured months or even years of inhaling nicotine, your body is going to be a little restless without that burst of energy. If you are having an exceptionally hard time sleeping, though, we have one recommendation: skip the caffeine. Coffee might be a great wakeup call or distraction, but the last thing you need is another stimulant governing your life.
2. Losing the Irritability
Without your constant drug supply, you aren’t going to be the happiest guy or girl on earth, but there are ways for you to cope with your abstinence-related anger. So how can you solve this problem? Simple enough, you just need to make time for yourself. Catch up on some sports with your friends or go see a movie. Treat yourself with respect, and you will feel happy.
3. All I Want to Do Is Eat!
Obviously, one of the other difficult abstinence-related problems is binge eating. Without cigarettes, you might reach for a bag of chips to curb that salt craving or grab a donut to appease your sweet tooth. While you shouldn’t avoid the foods you love, we do recommend you eat these in moderation. Gaining weight is not a good way to cope with your stress.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.