Don’t Let Winter Blues Affect Your Road to Recovery

Our Charlotte Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Wants to Help.

As we’ve entered in to mid-February, it’s easy to think that spring will never come. Dark mornings and evenings have begun to take a toll on us all. During this time of year, many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). As a recovering addict, SAD can make you question your recovery process. Avoiding a relapse during this time is more important than ever. To help distract yourself from this very real, serious case of winter blues our Charlotte drug and alcohol treatment center has a few tips for you to follow to help keep you on the road to recovery.

Watch Sugar and Flour Intake

Recovering addicts should be careful when dealing with sweets. It’s often noticed that those who have recovered from substance abuse tend to turn their addiction to sugar and other white-flour sweets. According to Kathleen DesMaisons, author of Potatoes Not Prozac, “Sugar and white flour can affect the same biochemical systems in your body as other drugs like heroin. Your relationship to sweet things is operating on a cellular level. It is more powerful than you have realized. What you eat can have a huge effect on how you feel.”

Light Therapy

The number one cause of SAD during winter is less natural light. Shorter days cause many of us to go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. When working indoors, it’s hard to receive direct sunlight. Without natural sunlight, your body loses a great deal of vitamin D. It can also upset the circadian rhythm.

In addition to taking a vitamin D supplement, try to use a sunlight lamp during office hour or while you’re sitting at home watching TV at night. Many times, healthcare practitioners have these lamps in their waiting rooms. Check with your GP or recovery coach to make sure you have access to one during the shorter days.

SAD is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly. Overcome SAD with help from our drug rehab facility. Visit back with us on our next post. Our Charlotte drug and alcohol treatment center will help you learn about a few more tips that will help you or someone you love stay on the right path to recovery, as well as alleviate a few SAD symptoms.

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