Posted on March 14, 2018 by kacy ritter
Most who have dealt with a substance use disorder (SUD) or addiction have experienced sleep issues at some point, either while in active addiction or during recovery. Even when they aren’t your system anymore, drugs and alcohol can have a major impact on your body.
Sleep problems are common in recovery. Here are the facts:
If you’re headed to treatment, be sure to discuss these problems with your on-site doctor as well as counselor. You don’t have to battle it alone.
SAMHSA recommends that Healthcare providers should:
Experts recommend against the use of medications to treat sleep disorders for people in recovery. Often, these sedating drugs carry a risk for addiction. According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, 1.5 million persons aged 12 or older have misused sedatives in the past year. 6.1 million persons have misused tranquilizers in the past year.
Prescription medications for sleep with known abuse potential include:
These medications should be avoided by people with histories of SUDs. They can also cause residual daytime sedation, cognitive impairment, motor incoordination, and rebound insomnia.
Short-term symptoms of use:
If you’re still using drugs, including legal substances such as alcohol, be very careful when addressing them on your own. Many people with addiction are often unwilling to discuss substance use with a doctor and may also be unaware of the consequences of mixing drugs. Some interactions can be deadly, leading to overdose which is now one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
During drug and alcohol withdrawal, restorative sleep is necessary for the brain to heal. Cues that someone in recovery may need sleep restoration include:
Since the addition of the holistic sleep program at Origins on South Padre Island, 40% of clients stopped needing medications for insomnia. There are plenty of holistic ways to fight insomnia. As someone battling addiction, learning how to go to bed naturally is a critical component of permanent recovery.
Natural ways to fight insomnia include:
Whether is recovery or not, learning how to sleep properly is vital to mental health. Here is how you can promote healthy nighttime behavior, also known as “sleep hygiene”:
If you are struggling with addiction, you don’t have to do it alone. Recovery is possible. Don’t fight the battle alone. Get the help you deserve. Call us anytime 844-843-8935.