The combination of drugs intake after an opiate addiction can cause permanent damage. The effects are lethal and should not be tried after successful treatment and therapy. It is imperative to know that, a person is exposed to health risks and problems once alcohol is taken after treatment. You can never find a substitute that is right in regards to opiates. You have to find something that does not suck you to negatively. Many issues come with shifting from opiates to alcohol. It is good to remember that you are recovering from a potent drug. To be clear: alcohol is a drug.
One of the problems that result in this is binge drinking. A person at this stage is trying to avoid opiates and therefore uses drinking alcohol to curb their addiction. They’ll end up drinking heavily and getting drunk on a daily to be less anxious and be calm to forget that they once had an addiction to opiates. Drinking alcohol can result in health risks. These health risks include; heart failure and strokes. Many dangers and problems occur when attaching yourself to drinking after treatment. We take a look at more dangers and how they can affect you.
Dependency on alcohol
Recovery of opiate addiction does not mean that you look for another alternative. Alcohol addiction is equally bad and can cause a lot of health risks. It is not by any means logic to assume that alcohol is good and might keep you from going back to drug addiction. It leads to the worst alcohol addiction. It varies to some extent in that most will recover completely from their addiction, and they can consume alcohol without being affected while others recover from their drug addiction and have the worst alcohol addiction.
Taking other drugs and alcohol affects the brain relatively the same way because dopamine is released into your system. Dopamine brings about the feeling of pleasure and the necessary high that results to the dependency of alcohol or other drugs. The first step in ensuring that you are no longer caught up in drug addiction is staying away from any sought of drug and asking for help immediately when you have the urge of using the drug again. Depending on alcohol won’t help you become a better person. It will probably make you worse and you’ll lag and slow down in becoming better for the sake of your overall health. Take precaution and stay clean.
The possibility of a relapse
Alcohol is known to lead to a higher degree of drug dependency. Successful treatment of drug abuse requires maintaining a healthy life after and requires determination to keep in track as well as focus on the goal of being drug-free. Alcohol weakens your focus and determination, therefore, having a negative effect on your journey to being drug-free. It also results in laziness and being mentally unstable therefore leading to a relapse. Unfortunately, this may need rehabilitation and treatment again.
Going back to rehabilitation is the worst feeling ever. It’s like taking a hundred steps back to where you started. You thought that you’d get better, but you’ve sunk deeper into a hole that is difficult to recover from. Relapsing is not an easy thing. It takes gradual steps of falling back into the same old habits. Focus your energy into the things that matter.
Making ample time for your new addiction
After your drug abuse treatment and therapy, a person needs to find a hobby that fills up their day and keeps their mind off drugs and focus on becoming a better person. When they don’t follow a strict routine and set their minds to finding something that will fill them up like alcohol, they then fall into the trap of a new addiction. It takes up all their time and become thoroughly addicted to the point that they can no longer function normally. This is what we call cross-addiction. This is where you are rehabilitated from your previous drug use, and replace it with another addiction which you are dependent on to avoid going back to the drug you are free from.
A new addiction does not make it better and safer. You need to make time for self-rejuvenation and self-rebuilding. It isn’t worth throwing all those hours of rehabilitation to come back again to therapy, with a new struggle. Focus on your new mindset and find things that are worth doing every single day. If you can’t do it easily, set a strict routine that you have to follow to the last detail. Find new hobbies that you can bury yourself into. It will keep your mind preoccupied with things that are not necessarily addictions.
There are many things one can do to make their lives better. You have to purposefully decide to enrich your life and put behind your drug addiction. Reward yourself for being able to make it without depending on drugs and alcohol. You shouldn’t take a risk by indulging in the use of other drugs however mild they are. To keep your mind off the negative, look forward to good health and enjoy the life that you now have and try to achieve the goals that you once put aside when drug addiction took hold of you.
It is a dangerous thing to substitute one drug for the other thinking that it won’t have the same effect. That is where you will go wrong. It may even be worse than you thought. Take caution and stay away from places or people that can make you use drugs again. Surround yourself with positive people that understand your struggles and people that want to see you grow into a healthy person with the ability to make things happen. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call us today 877-497-6180.