Alcoholism and drug addiction is, simply put, an unusual disease in many regards. For example, once we have been alleviated of the physical addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, our problem does not simply vanish.
Rather, we are left with many of the same behaviors, cravings, and feelings from our addiction. Here we take a look at the phenomenon of dry drunk syndrome.
What is Dry Drunk Syndrome?
Some people are able to successfully “white-knuckle” sobriety for extended periods of time. In other words, they simply stop drinking and/or drugging cold turkey without attempting any sort of program to help with their sobriety.
Unfortunately, for most of us, the drugs and alcohol were but a symptom of a much greater problem.
Unfortunately, many of the behaviors, perceptions, and feeling from addiction tend to carry over for these people, despite being clean and sober. This is referred to as dry drunk syndrome.
What are the signs and symptoms of Dry Drunk Syndrome?
Often times, many people will actually feel happy and well in the initial period after detoxing from drugs and alcohol. More often then not, however, the same exact feelings one had during addiction will come creeping back in. These include:
- Drug and/or alcohol cravings
- Mood swings
- Extreme highs and extreme lows
- Risky behaviors
- Transference: replacing one addiction for an unrelated one
- Lying, cheating, stealing, and other behaviors that may carry over from addiction
- Racing thoughts
- Sleep issues
Why is Recovery better?
Drug addiction and alcoholism would be much easier to solve if they ended once the physical addiction had passed. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. The point of recovery programs is not simply to get one clean and sober.
Rather, the goal is to free us from the bondage of drugs and alcohol by clearing up many of the underlying issues that led us to drink and drug in the first place. Those of us in recovery programs were amazed at how our obsession to use, our resentments, and our behaviors radically changed.
Overall, a life in recovery is true freedom compared to a life living simply “dry”.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783, email us at Admissions@TrueRecovery.com, or visit us online.