Anyone who has overcome and successfully won the battle against alcohol abuse or alcoholism can face a victorious new life of health and happiness. However, at the same time, these people have to battle a flood of emotional turmoil and days filled with anger, depression, and frustration on the way to accepting an alcohol-free life. In a metaphorical sense, you could argue that sobriety is a form of death, and these people are “reborn” as teetotalers. Still, one roadblock remains on the path to freedom: dry drunk syndrome. While this event can be challenging, it is not impossible to overcome. Let’s take a closer look at some facts surrounding “dry drunk syndrome.”
Symptoms of PAWS
Specifically known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), dry drunk syndrome occurs when a person experiences physical problems after abstaining from alcohol. When an excessive drinker suddenly cuts off a supply of booze, the brain must rapidly adjust to heal the damage inflicted by this drug. In that light, people suffering from PAWS will experience rapid changes in mood and behavior. Here are some common symptoms:
- Poor reflexes
- Poor balance and coordination
- Guilt and shame
Simply put, a “dry drunk” person will appear intoxicated even though they have not touched alcohol in weeks or months.
How Do I Cope with PAWS?
For decades, Alcoholics Anonymous has supported that spirituality is a huge key to recovering, and we cannot disagree. Finding a metaphysical center and staying focused on your strength is one of the most important aspects of healing, but you cannot rely on psychological aspects alone. Physical rehabilitation must go hand-in-hand with mental healing. Here are some other ways you can cope while undergoing this healing process:
- Find a hobby to pass the time
- Take dance, gymnastics, or fitness classes to get stronger
- Go to college to get a second degree you’ve always wanted
- Take part in a book club
- Take part in your local theater club
- Get closer to your family and spend more time with them
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.