Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), also known as Dry Drunk Syndrome, is the process in which the brain adjusts to the chemical damage caused by alcohol after heavy drinkers stop drinking. PAWS symptoms include dizziness, slow reflexes and problems with balance and coordination. In fact, the term “dry drunk” comes from the fact that individuals dealing with side effects of PAWS at times may look like they are intoxicated.
Dry Drunk Syndrome can last for weeks, months, sometimes even years. Another symptom of PAWS is mood swings which often cause depression. Being proactive and learning how to cope with post-acute withdrawal syndrome early on in recovery is crucial for maintaining sobriety.
How to Cope with Dry Drunk Syndrome?
It is important for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction to keep up with their outpatient treatment. In addition, programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery are supportive therapeutic approaches that have helped millions of people to sustain long term recovery. AA and SMART RECOVERY are just a few examples of programs that can support the recovery process. When attending a reputable inpatient rehabilitation program, recovering individuals are in the position to take advantage of a variety of experiences and activities known to promote total wellness. They may seem simple and unsurprising, but they work.
Get Healthy. Join a gym, take up a sport, join a biking team, try yoga and meditation (which can have mental benefits as well as physical ones).
Develop a Hobby. Take up on healthy cooking, gardening, learn how to build things and focus on the creative project. The goal is to fill the time you once spent drinking with activities that are enjoyable and interesting.
Adopt and Animal. If you love animals and don't have one, this is a great time to adopt. You may also volunteer to work at a local animal shelter.
Take Classes. Work on a degree, learn a new language or enroll in computer or art classes.
Spend Time with the Ones you Love. Reconnect with family and friends. Rediscover their likes and dislikes and plan fun activities that don’t involve drinking. Go to the movies, to a park, go jogging or walking.
The options are endless. PAWS should not weaken anyone’s chances of recovery. Focus, and commitment to a scheduled routine can make this challenging process easier and life enjoyable again.
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