Do you sometimes find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night? If so, you’re not alone. It’s actually common to experience insomnia during the early stages of addiction recovery.
Though, there are proven strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your sleep as your body adjusts to the absence of drugs and alcohol.
Getting enough rest is important for everyone and especially for those working on their sobriety. It can help reduce your risk of relapse by easing the symptoms of withdrawal and it can even boost your mood too.
If you’d like to feel more rested and alert during the day, here are a few tips for getting more restorative sleep at night.
(1) Stick to a regular schedule.
Many addiction recovery specialists emphasize the importance of creating a new sober routine and your sleep schedule is an important part of maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. Set a daily alert on your phone to help remind you when to go to bed and when to get up in the morning.
(2) Be mindful of what you eat and when.
What you eat can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep. Try to eat dinner at the same time every day and be sure to fuel your body with lean meat, fish and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
(3) Spend some time outside every day.
Getting a daily dose of sunshine can help reset your body’s natural rhythm. Consider taking a brisk 30-minute walk each day.
(4) Wind down at the end of the day.
Do something relaxing every evening to help you get ready for bed. Take a warm bath, meditate or do some light stretches.
(5) Turn down the thermostat.
Research has shown that you can actually sleep more soundly by keeping the temperature in your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees. Scientists theorize that a slight drop in temperature sends a signal to your body that it’s time for bed.
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Having a strong, close-knit family is truly a blessing. With the help of their support and love, you can help each other weather the ups and downs of life. And, this is especially important for individuals working on their recovery. By having a positive support system in place, you can reduce your risk of relapse while building a new, sober lifestyle.
If you’d like to build stronger ties with members of your family, here are a few strategies that can help you grow closer together.
(1) Spend time around the dinner table.
Take a few moments out of your busy schedule to spend time together. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to spend quality time with family members. Schedule time during the week to have dinner together as a family. And, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Each person can help by bringing a dish so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed cooking for a large group. You can wind down during the evening, share stories and have a chance to catch up.
(2) Give your spouse your undivided attention.
With smart phones and the ability to access work email virtually everywhere, it’s easy to blur the lines between your personal and professional life. Though, if you’re constantly checking your phone every five minutes, it’s hard to truly connect with your significant other. Try turning your phone on silent or putting it out of sight when you are spending time with loved ones. They’ll appreciate that you are making them a priority and focusing on what they have to say.
(3) Be proactive about calling your family.
With the rise of social media, it’s easy to feel connected without really connecting. To show your family that you care, why not pick up the phone and give them a call? They’ll appreciate that you made time for them and it can give you both the opportunity to talk about what’s going on in your life and develop a more meaningful relationship.
When you're using and abusing drugs and alcohol, it has a way of isolating you from the people that you love and those who truly care about you. Though, you can learn how to rebuild those relationships as part of a comprehensive approach to addiction recovery.
At Christian Rehab Network, we offer an alternative to the traditional 12-step approach to addiction treatment. We understand the power of prayer and church-based guidance for those in search of relief from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. We’re here to help match you with the right provider to address behavioral health issues, inpatient addiction treatment or a supervised drug detox. If you want to start a new, sober chapter of your life while also rebuilding your faith, please contact us today at (877) 310-9545.
Due to the dramatic and widespread increase in opioid addiction, the scientific community has responded by investing in new therapies to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal and treatments designed to address addiction issues.
In addition to that good work, some researchers are also asking that we spend time investigating the underpinnings of addiction. Specifically, they suggest that we should learn more about the basic biology of pain and how precision medicine can help us predict how patients will respond to certain prescription painkillers.
In an article published recently in the journal Science, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recommend that we adopt a paradigm shift. Instead of solely focusing on treatment methodologies, we should also go back to the basics and investigate the nature of pain and how people differ in their response to various pain medications. Armed with this information, clinicians can administer prescription painkillers more precisely and reduce the risk of triggering an addiction.
"Pain is a syndrome that is poorly understood and research on pain is poorly resourced relative to its prevalence and cost, especially in terms of shattered lives and lost productivity," writes Tilo Grosser, MD, one of the lead authors and an associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania.
To tackle the opioid epidemic, the researchers suggest that we employ a broader strategy. Specifically, addiction research should help us better understand the physiology of pain. They recommend that additional studies should investigate how and why individuals respond differently to pain. And, the researchers also suggest that more can be learned by exploring the difference between inflammatory and neuropathic pain, the heritability of pain awareness and the spectrum of acute and chronic pain.
By investigating the biology and mechanics of pain, we can help to prevent addiction before it occurs. At Christian Rehab Network, it’s encouraging that more scientists are recognizing the need to develop safer and less addictive treatment therapies for pain. Let’s keep this positive momentum going.
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There is a lot of good work being done to combat the opioid epidemic. Educators are helping medical students better understand the signs and symptoms of abuse, clinicians are advocating for more holistic pain management methods and state agencies are compiling prescription registries to combat the practice of “doctor shopping”.
In this same vein, one of the most promising advancements in research has somewhat surprising roots. In the Caribbean Sea, actually.
Scientists at the University of Utah have discovered a compound, derived from a tiny snail, that blocks pain but avoids the addictive pathways of traditional opioids.
Researchers studied the Conus regius species, a small marine cone snail whose venom packs quite a punch, capable of paralyzing and killing its prey. But, it also has one curious side-effect. The venom produced by this tiny snail may actually have therapeutic applications. Specifically, it can help relieve pain but without the addictive qualities of traditional opioids.
Researchers published their findings in a recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In this article, the lead authors of the study assert that Rg1A (derived from the snail) acts on a pain pathway in a different way than standard opioid drugs. This pathway adds to the small number of nonopioid-based pathways that could be explored to treat chronic pain.
"What is particularly exciting about these results is the aspect of prevention," said J. Michael McIntosh, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah Health Sciences. "Once chronic pain has developed, it is difficult to treat. This compound offers a potential new pathway to prevent pain from developing in the first place and offer a new therapy to patients who have run out of options."
"RgIA4 works by an entirely new pathway, which opens the door for new opportunities to treat pain," said McIntosh. "We feel that drugs that work by this pathway may reduce burden of opioid use."
Chronic and debilitating pain is a harsh reality for many Americans. But, we can reduce their risk of developing an addiction to prescription painkillers with more advanced treatments that are engineered to bypass addictive pathways. At Christian Rehab Network, we are inspired to learn about this, and other research projects designed to help us do just that.
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