Finding Mental Clarity Rehab Strategies to Help You Succeed
Beating addiction is difficult. There is the biological component of the addiction to contend with, and in addition to that, there are mental aspects that you need to overcome as well. Many people develop addictions because there are other things that are going on in their lives, or that have happened in the past and it is those challenges that make them turn to substances that will alter their moods in the short term.
Rehab Can Be Overwhelming
For some people, the process of going through rehab for drug or alcohol addiction can be overwhelming. Rehab is a process, and there is not one simple action or fix. If you can find mental clarity rehab does get easier, but beating addiction involves addressing those challenges first, and it can be a lifelong struggle.1
The Side-Effects of Withdrawal
When it comes to mental clarity rehab is challenging in a number of ways. Many drugs present physical withdrawal symptoms. While it’s true that for some drugs, such as cocaine, withdrawal symptoms are actually more psychological than physical, brain fog is a real issue that can impact on your ability to perform in day to day life.2 Even milder, more socially acceptable substances such as alcohol can damage your brain, and impair your mental clarity both through use, and during withdrawal.3
Give Yourself a Fighting Chance
Through building mental clarity rehab gets a lot easier. For this reason, it’s important to try to fight that fuzzy thinking, tiredness and brain fog. Using effective self-care strategies is an important part of this. Firstly, identify the challenges you are facing:
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– Struggling to think straight
– Racing thoughts
– Difficulty recalling things
– Inability to process new information
– Repetitive thinking
Some aspects of ‘fuzzy thinking’ are caused by nutrient deficiencies, and these can be beaten if you improve your diet. It is not uncommon for those who have had a drug or alcohol addiction to have neglected certain areas of their day-to-day health, such as sleep, hydration, and diet. Making improvements in those areas can help with mental clarity.
During the early days of withdrawal and rehab, it is important to stay properly hydrated. Loss of appetite is not uncommon when someone is going through withdrawal. Making an effort to drink enough water is a major first step and will help to reduce a lot of the strain on the body and mind.
Tips for a Smoother Recovery
To increase your chances of making a good recovery in rehab, try the following:4
– Drink lots of water, and avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee, energy drinks, etc)
– Try to avoid napping early in the day, even if you are tired
– Set a routine, getting up at the same time of day and going to bed at a certain time of night, even if you don’t have anything to do that day
– Try to stay busy during the day, reading or going for a walk to keep your mind occupied
– Use chamomile tea to soothe your mind and calm your anxiety
– Try yoga or breathing exercises if you are anxious and cannot sleep
– Practice self-care, making a point of bathing or showering and getting dressed even if that is the only thing you have the energy to do while recovering
– Keep a journal where you write out your thoughts
– Seek outside help if you are really struggling to stay on track
Mental health and physical health are closely linked, and there is a lot of evidence which shows that putting mental health in the spotlight can improve the prognosis for physical health issues and rehabilitation.5 Some clinical trials have looked at how essential oils can help with the physical and mental aspects of withdrawal from various substances. For example, using rosmarinus officinalis to help with opioid withdrawal, or using rosa damascena essential oil alongside naloxone-precipitated morphine withdrawal.6,7
These trials are still in the relatively early stages, and while promising, that does not mean that such treatment strategies should be attempted at home without the supervision of a doctor. What they do offer, however, is hope for the future, and the possibility that effective self-care strategies could give someone the mental edge they need to make a successful recovery.
Rehab is an Ongoing Process
Rehab is not a one-shot thing. Once someone has beaten the physical aspects of withdrawal they have to avoid falling back into their old habits in the long term. This can mean changing their social circle and perhaps even employment to get away from the culture that exposed them to the substances they became addicted to. It can mean finding new coping mechanisms for times of stress. For some, it can even mean having to completely change their living arrangements or become more distant with family members. This can be a challenging and scary thing to do.
For some, through the process of improving mental clarity rehab gives them the strength to do those things. For others, the idea of going out of their comfort zone can seem like too much to bear. That’s where finding positive habits and support networks are so important. Spend Friday nights at a Yoga class instead of a night club. Say “no thanks” to the day at the race track and go for a run instead. Little by little, changing your daily habits can help you to build a new life that does not involve drugs or alcohol.
For those who are in chronic pain, and who developed an addiction to painkillers, things can be more challenging again since there is a genuine need to dull the pain. Talk to your doctor about less habit-forming or addictive pain relief options, and look into complementary and alternative therapies to manage pain.8 Again, yoga, meditation, and essential oils can help to improve your mood and mental focus and are often a big step forward towards being able to cope with the strain that your condition puts on you.
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