Everyone is familiar with the classic image of a person in recovery holding a cup of coffee in one hand and a doughnut in the other. While it may be tempting to feed your cravings with sugar and caffeine, the harsh truth is that you may be doing more harm than good. Giving up your favorite morning habit may seem hard. However, understanding how these chemicals can affect your addiction recovery can make it easier to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
A candy bar or a cup of coffee seems like a harmless indulgence. After all, people from all walks of life enjoy these simple pleasures, and even children get to indulge in sweets. However, both caffeine and sugar have addictive qualities, and they have the ability to affect your moods. With every sip of a caffeinated beverage or bite of sugar, you elevate your mood temporarily. However, this temporary high is quickly followed by a drop in your energy levels, which then starts another cycle of cravings. Does this sound familiar. That’s right, caffeine and sugar trigger changes in your brain that are very similar to the effects of drugs and alcohol.
Ending the constant cycle of ups and downs is an important part of your addiction treatment, which means that you will need to avoid any chemicals that cause those changes to occur. Instead, you will learn how to lift your mood naturally using endorphins that are produced by your body. Physical activity, such as running or swimming, are both excellent mood boosters. Laughing, talking to a friend and spending time engaged in a hobby can also help you relax without the inevitable crash caused by caffeine and sugar.
In addition to eliminating these chemicals from your diet, you can enhance your recovery by reaching out to others who specialize in relapse prevention. Attending counseling and treatment sessions designed for those who prefer a chemical-free recovery will keep you on track for success. You’ve worked hard to get where you are today, and you don’t want to let some silly cup of coffee screw things up. By choosing to embrace a natural lifestyle, you can enjoy better health and happier moods that come from true sobriety.
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