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What Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Is

In this section we identify symptoms and suggest ways to help in your addiction treatment, which differ for everyone. There are also guidelines to aid you with overcoming frustrations and bring back balance to your brain and life in general. Please, keep in mind, when you attempt rehabilitation from a substance it takes your brain six weeks to eighteen months to heal it's thinking pattern, so don't give up if your recovery is not immediate.
The most common symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal when overcoming addiction are:
Unclear thinking.
Difficult emotions.
Difficult physical coordination.
Sleep disturbances.
Stress.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
How often do I have difficulty concentrating and how long does it last?
Are feelings that come out exaggerated for the situation?
Am I depressed and finding it difficult to be motivated?
Do I have difficulty remembering things?
Am I clumsy, dizzy and off balance?
Is there difficulty getting myself to sleep or do I wake often?
Does stress about life occur most of the day?

/www.hopelinks.net/treatment/post-acute-withdrawal.html
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Pretty Interesting too....

I wish I saved the article I read over the weekend.. it's on my laptop but I never bookmarked the page.

That PAWS thing can go on for several months.   From what I understand it happens AFTER WITHDRAWAL for a couple weeks, then it's all rebound stuff.

All the sypmptoms are not present at all times.   From what I understand (which is almost nothing) The symptoms appear at different levels of withdrawl (withdrawal) ... and stress levels at the moment.

Thanks for the post

Gip
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Anxiety and Phobia..I own this book and it really is a awsome awsome read. I got it from my Physchiatrist as a gift. Really is worth getting.

Love this post too thursday and gip...very interesting stuff!
Thanks!
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Kinda explains my weird moods lately I thought I was feeling sorry for myself thanks for the info
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What Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Is

In this section we identify symptoms and suggest ways to help in your addiction treatment, which differ for everyone. There are also guidelines to aid you with overcoming frustrations and bring back balance to your brain and life in general. Please, keep in mind, when you attempt rehabilitation from a substance it takes your brain six weeks to eighteen months to heal it's thinking pattern, so don't give up if your recovery is not immediate.

The most common symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal when overcoming addiction are:
Unclear thinking.
Difficult emotions.
Difficult physical coordination.
Sleep disturbances.
Stress.

Questions to Ask Yourself:
How often do I have difficulty concentrating and how long does it last?
Are feelings that come out exaggerated for the situation?
Am I depressed and finding it difficult to be motivated?
Do I have difficulty remembering things?
Am I clumsy, dizzy and off balance?
Is there difficulty getting myself to sleep or do I wake often?
Does stress about life occur most of the day?

Help for Overcoming Alcohol and Drug Addiction Post Acute Withdrawl (withdrawal) Syndrome
List Your Strengths and Weaknesses in the Above Areas:
Example:
Strength I play basketball for fun.
Weakness: I run into objects or appear off balance at times.

Set a Plan for Overcoming the Areas of Weakness.
If your thinking is unclear only read a part of a book or directions at a time and then go back.
Journal your feelings so you are calm when you present them.
When depressed watch a funny video or take time to play.
Walk the dog or take a child to the park to engage in life.
Make lists of priorities for the day and lists when you go shopping. Save yourself two trips.
If you didn't complete the list, start again the next day.
Walk slowly and use guardrails on steps.
Don't stimulate yourself with caffeine before sleeping.
Read a boring book that might make you tired.

* Take breaks often during the day, even if you have to go to the car and rest for ten minutes and repeat affirmations: This too will pass.

Don't expect too much of yourself and be sure not to make things worse.
Be sure and get sober support at either AA, church groups or some sober activity.
Eat three meals a day and little snacks if you are hungry.
Vitamins are important to put the nutrition back in you.
Try and do meditation and relaxation techniques.

* There are several good recovery help books, Anxiety and Phobia, by Bourne, is one of the best workbooks available and well worth the money as a life time guide.

Help for Understanding Symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal

Lack of confidence.
Denial (It wasn't really that bad or I can handle it now).
Lack of commitment to a support system.
Trying to change others before they are ready.
Defensiveness.
Compulsive behavior (becoming compulsive and out of balance in another area or your life).
Impulsive behavior (acting before you think things through or outbursts).
Daydreaming.
Depression.
Easily Angered.
Irregular sleep.
"I don't care," attitude.
Feeling hopeless.
Self pity.
Conscious lying.
Loneliness.
Controlled usage (trying to limit or control use).
Loss of control (back to original state of consumption).

Planning Ahead to be Successful in Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

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WoW!! That is extremly interesting!!! Thanks for the post. I notice alot of that in me, definetely emotionally, I exagerate alot of things, I feel like noone truly cares, I've been extremely offensive, I think everyones talking about me really badly (some people I know are for a fact though) Is theres some info on the website you refered? I'll have to check that out!! Thanks Bunches!!
sincerely, strictly me
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Very good info..I see myself in some of the symptoms; will bring it up to my psych when i see her this week.  However, dont want to medicate the situation; hopefully she can help me talk this out w/out meds.
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Here... I thought... gee... it's week three I should be feeling so much better....

Last week was iffy... I was ok Physically but a wreck....then I hear about Post Addiction Withdrawal Syndrome.

Thursday will be a month.   Why am I not feeling more "settled"....

Although I have to admit getting away for the weekend did help....

Thankfully I have a good network of family and friends and co-workers.   I'm so very gratful.

Gip
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