Continue your Recovery journey with Step 8 of 11 basic but powerful strategies for achieving addiction recovery. Look for a Recovery Step and Strategy every day through September 18th. Use these steps and stategies to help guide you to a solid recovery.
Step 8 – Understand Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). If you were a former substance abuser, you are now healing from the toxic effects of mood altering drugs on your body and brain. You may experience uncomfortable symptoms as you begin to heal. These symptoms can include mood swings or ‘flat’ emotions, memory and concentration problems, racing thoughts, insomnia, unclear thinking and stress. The good news is that this is a temporary situation. The bad news is that PAWS can go on for several months. It is very important that you take steps to manage your stress well during this time.
Recovery Strategy: Step 7 – taking care of your health – is critical here. This may also be a good time to attend counseling or coaching to help you develop stress management skills and emotional equilibrium that will help your recovery to become the long term success story you want it to be.
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