How the World’s #1 Drug Has Its Benefits and Drawbacks
For many of us, caffeine is a god-send. Many college students swear by their coffee, energy drinks, or tea. We spend our late nights pounding back cups of coffee to help us keep studying, and get those last few pages of our big essay written.
In the workforce, we wake up and immediately turn the coffee pot on to get our morning cups in. Each day, our priority is getting that caffeine into our system to get our bodies ready for the day.
Caffeine is what so many of us rely on, and the thought of having our morning cup of coffee can do a lot to bring us comfort and ease. It is the most commonly used drug, used by students and workers alike.
For some of us, it is necessary to stave off specific health issues. From migraines to irritability, some of us have been told by a doctor to ingest caffeine every day.
Now, this obsession with caffeine can seem harmless, and for the most part, it is. However, as with all substances, there is a limit to how much you should be ingesting.
There are plenty of health benefits from consuming caffeine, but there can also be side effects that trigger our mental illness. People in recovery need to be careful about taking too much caffeine, as it can cause our addictive tendencies to manifest.
Too Much of a Good Thing
There are plenty of benefits to taking in caffeine during the day. When we ingest caffeine, dopamine flows more freely through our brains and bodies. We feel a boost in energy, alertness, and feelings of well-being.
It helps us stay awake during the day and focus on the tasks we have to get done. That feeling of well-being can help a lot of us who struggle with mental illness.
After recovery, drinking a cup of coffee every day can help you feel better. It can be a small thing for you to indulge in and give you a feeling of happiness.
It can become a little thing that we use to make ourselves feel better, part of our routine, to bring us comfort and stability.
But, as with all things, there is a limit. Taking in too much caffeine can increase the symptoms of our mental illness.
Having a large amount will make you feel anxious and stressed out. Physically, we can experience insomnia, restlessness, and a rapid heartbeat.
These things can do a lot to alter our brain chemistry, pushing us into a negative state of mind. We feel off, a little different, and that can trigger a lot of anxiety and negative thoughts, causing us to spiral.
Our safety blanket then becomes something that harms us. Beyond triggering mental illness, consuming too much caffeine may cause you to develop a dependency.
Caffeine addiction is very real, and if we are unable to function without having a certain amount, then that addiction may already have formed. We are capable of building up a tolerance to caffeine, just like any other drug.
This dependency causes us to consume more, which worsens our addiction. Dependence on any substance is ill-advised, but it’s hard to keep everything regulated. Keeping track of how much caffeine we ingest is an integral part of managing our bodies.
Limiting Our Intake
Caffeine can be incredibly useful in our daily lives. Having coffee in the morning to help you wake up or get your work started is not a bad thing. There is a reason caffeine is so commonplace in our world: it has its benefits.
Still, it needs to be moderated, just as you would decrease your alcohol intake. It does not affect your functioning as alcohol does, but it can still affect you in many ways.
It can increase stress, anxiety, and lead to insomnia and restlessness. It’s all about moderation and taking in the right amount. Talking with a doctor can be a great way to figure out the right amount to take each day.
You don’t have to swear off caffeine altogether, you just have to be smart about it as with everything else in your life. Your life after recovery needs certain things to bring you comfort, and caffeine can be one of those things.
Taking solace in caffeine is totally fine. Just make sure to keep yourself and your health in mind, and not over-indulge in too much.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what works for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]