While actively using many of us always wished we could just snap our fingers and suddenly we would be clean, sober, and happy. The truth of the matter is that recovery is not an event, though. Recovery from addiction is a journey. A process, if you will, that is on-going and is usually dependent on a combination of long-term self care and community support.
The first month or so can be tough. Your brain and body are adjusting to the fact you no longer have these chemicals coursing through you and most people experience what is known as withdrawals. Physical Withdrawals may be things such as body aches, increased sweating, shaking, diarrhea, nausea, and more. There can also be emotional withdrawal symptoms such as increased anxiety, depression, mood swings, cravings, and so on.
The good news about these initial withdrawals symptoms is that, although they can difficult to endure, they are usually short lived and should begin subsiding within a week.
After the subsiding of these early withdrawal symptoms, a person’s recovery process usually begins but there is something very important to be aware of.
Typically, a person seeking recovery was not a casual user of substances. They were someone who used various drugs and/or alcohol in higher quantities for extended periods of time. Because of this fact, it’s important we realize that our body and brain don’t bounce back to normal functioning instantly.
Over the course of the first year to 18 months, our brain is still adjusting to the fact we don’t have artificial dopamine or serotonin entering our system and this leads to a number of post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
The best way to describe it is by saying one day you will feel like a million bucks, but the next you may feel lethargic, emotional, and anxious. It’s an adjustment period that catches many people off guard but there are ways to help your body naturally adjust to your new, healthier lifestyle.
Here are a few supplements you can find online or your local vitamin store that can assist your body and brain in regulating itself back to “normal” while helping to reduce symptoms associated with Post-Acute Withdrawals.*
GABA or Gamma-AminoButyric Acid is actually one of your body’s main neurotransmitters. GABA is used to actually calm down your central nervous system. GABA is also supplement that can be used that has similar effects. GABA can be used to help treat feelings of anxiety, restlessness, and there are even reports of it helping with addiction. It can also help moderate the CNS (Central Nervous System) and is extremely useful before bed to help you get a good night’s rest, naturally.
Although we feel all of the B-Vitamins are potentially beneficial during this fragile time, Vitamin B-12 is our favorite. Lethargy, or having a lack of energy, in early recovery is a common symptom of PAWS. Vitamin B-12 can help promote a healthier nervous system while supporting natural energy production. B-12 also helps to reduce fatigue long-term and increases overall strength.
Magnesium is another favorite on our list. Magnesium is an extremely popular supplement that can be used for a wide array of health benefits. When it comes to helping with the heightened anxiety associated with PAWS, magnesium can be a life saver. Magnesium helps to reduce feelings of restlessness, irritability and anxiety. It can also provide mild relief from feelings of depression and insecurity.
This supplement is another type of Amino Acid that has been used for years to help treat depression, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, fatigue and more (including alcoholism). We’ve spoken to many people in early recovery who often describe a “brain fog” type of feeling for their first year or so of recovery. N-Acetyl L-Carnitine helps to improve general memory functioning and helps to improve blood flow to the brain. It is also known to help relieve symptoms of mild depression.
Liquid Recovery Nutrition*
The minds at Evolutions Treatment Center noticed how much their patients benefited from the aforementioned supplements and decided to put their heads together to come up with two all-natural formulas that are designed with the recovering addict in mind. A nutritionist, psychologist, and addictions professional, all Evolutions employees, created the LiQcovery AM Formula and LiQcovery PM Formula.
The AM formula can be used to help reduce daily cravings and mood swings while helping to naturally increase energy production, brain function, focus, clarity, and an overall sense of well-being.
The PM formula is an all natural, night sleep-aid that utilizing various amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to promote a good night’s rest while helping to promote feelings of calm and relaxation.
Both Formulas are packed with carefully selected ingredients to help assist the recovering addict achieve what we like to call “homeostasis” which means their brain and body are functioning normally once again.
Ultimately, it’s all about self care. Our body is the only body we get and a lot of us put it through hell throughout our addictions. These all natural supplements are great tools for the toolbox to help further support your recovery and increase your ability to maintain long-term abstinence.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. LiQcovery Formulas are not meant to diagnose or treat any disease. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, lactating, have a heart condition or taking any medications. LiQcovery Formulas are not intended to replace any current treatment program or medication. In NO WAY do we claim to be a cure for addiction or alcoholism. Please do not use LiQcovery in replacement of any traditional or non-traditional approach to treating addiction or alcoholism. We are simply meant to be a tool to help assist in the recovery process along side other modalities. This disclaimer applies to any supplements mentioned in this article.