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What to Expect in the First Few Days of Sobriety

The First Few Days Of Sobriety Can Be Challenging…

You made it through detox, and now you are entering sobriety. It may have been a long time since you were completely sober, and you don’t know what to expect the first few days of sobriety. If you are going through rehab in-house, the journey will be much easier. Your environment will be free of alcohol and drugs, and you will be surrounded by positive experiences and encouragement. Medical care will be available if needed. Better Addiction Care (BAC) can assist you with locating the services you need to achieve long-term recovery.

The First Few Days Of Sobriety

During the first few days of sobriety, you will experience cravings and temptations. One of the benefits of inpatient rehab are the multiple activities designed to build confidence and recognize your self worth. The first few days of sobriety may include unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, confusion, sweating, and cravings. You will receive medication to ease the symptoms that may persist for a time as well as therapy to teach the skills needed to cope with cravings. If you are not doing inpatient rehab, it’s critical you have a strong support group, and attend 10 step meetings every day.

You will need supportive people to lean on and talk to. Programs following the 10 step method will assure you have a sponsor you can call during a weak moment. Just talking on the phone to someone who cares about your recovery can get you through the craving.

First Week Of Sobriety Symptoms

No two people will have the same symptoms in the same severity. The first week of sobriety symptoms may include headaches, joint pain, muscle cramps, night sweats, loss of appetite, agitation, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and more. Some people will have a few symptoms, strong cravings, and others may have several. In addition to medication, there are things you can do to help ease some symptoms. For cravings, take a brisk walk, run, swim, meditate, read an inspirational book, listen to soothing music, call your sponsor (outpatient) or talk with your therapist (inpatient), go the gym and work out.

The cravings will pass, and the time between them will start increasing. Attending both private and group therapy counseling sessions will teach you coping skills when you encounter the triggers that tempt you. You will also learn to identify the triggers, which can be places, items, and people. You may have to remove some people from your circle of supportive friends and family.

Early Sobriety Symptoms

Early sobriety symptoms may seem discouraging, but in rehab you will have people supporting you and helping you get through the symptoms. Settling into rehab involves an active daily schedule, nutritious and healthy meals, counseling sessions, group therapy, exercise, and social activities. Inpatient rehab provides a safe drug-free environment. You are relieved of the stresses associated with people trying to get you to take drugs or drink. Everyone you will associate with is on your side. Staff want you to be successful in your recovery effort and will do all they can to help you.

BAC understands it may be hard to know what facility is the best for you, and the choices can be daunting. They offer a free advisory service and will work with you to assess your unique needs and find the right treatment facility offering continuous patient care.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-statistics

https://www.healthline.com/health/opiate-withdrawal

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/alcohol-or-drug-withdrawal