I’m Experiencing Low Energy Levels in Early Sobriety - What Can I Do?

The physical toll substance abuse exacts on a person’s body is substantial, forcing our system to alter its natural processes to account for our regular consumption of intoxicants. Now that you have taken the leap from active addiction to sobriety, your body must again adapt to this new normal. It is common for those in early recovery to experience feelings of low energy, feelings which can have a detrimental effect on their mindset and perspective. What can you do to boost your energy levels in early recovery and avoid this drag on your outlook on life?

Sleep has a huge impact on our daily energy levels, but there is more to quality sleep than just time spent in bed. A regular sleep schedule, including bed time and waking time, vastly improves the quality of your sleep as your body uses behavior patterns as cues for its internal processes. Additionally, your activities leading up to bedtime have an impact on the quality of your sleep as well. TV, cell phone, and tablet screens both fatigue our eyes and confuse our brains, as their emitted light mimics daylight and inhibits the release of melatonin. Reach for a good book instead of your iPhone at bedtime, as this is a much healthier wind-down activity before bed.

Another way for you to improve your energy levels is through regular cardiovascular exercise. It may seem counterintuitive, but investing time and energy in a daily exercise routine is a great way to improve your physical and mental health, and will actually boost your energy levels throughout the day. Exercise stimulates the release of neurochemicals in the brain which promote feelings of positivity and boost energy levels. Thirty minutes of cardio, especially at the start of your day, will dramatically improve your mood, energy, and even benefit the quality of your sleep at night. These benefits are well worth adding regular cardio exercise to your morning routine, especially if you are struggling with low energy and negativity in early sobriety.

Low energy levels are a common symptom of post-acute withdrawal syndrome which is experienced by many in early recovery. There are steps you can take to mitigate the effects of PAWS on your energy levels and mood, most of which are activities you should already be incorporating in your routine as they are components of healthy living. Healthy sleep and regular exercise are examples of activities which can dramatically improve you energy levels and mindset, in addition to the obvious physical benefits they provide. At Evolutions, our holistic approach to addiction treatment includes establishing exercise routines for our clients, all of whom have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a personal trainer. If you are looking to receive effective substance abuse treatment and assistance in establishing a healthy lifestyle and routine, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so we may help you begin your journey in recovery.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com