How Essential Oils Fight Against Withdrawal
02/12/19: Addiction RecoveryBeating addiction is no easy task, it takes time, energy, and drive in order to beat it. Recovery is a long-term battle, there is no easy way out of it. Withdrawal, cravings, stress, and depression all are huge issues that addicts in recovery have to deal with. These things can make it extremely difficult for a person in recovery to stay away from their past with substance abuse. Studies show that over 21 million Americans from ages 12 & over are addicted to some sort of substance. That is an astounding number of individuals. Another statistic tells us that 85% of people that are admitted into some form of rehabilitation end up falling back into substance abuse due to withdrawal. These people have fallen back into addiction in less than a month after their initial recovery treatments. This is most likely because of their experiences with withdrawal. Withdrawal can be physically and mentally taxing on a person, causing them to want to fall right back into addiction. The symptoms that come along with withdrawal can even be enough to discourage someone from seeking life in sobriety.
WithdrawalThe recovery process starts with kicking the use of illicit substances. When your body is suddenly free of these toxins, it will react in some unpleasant ways. An addict that first kicks the use of a substance is likely to face uncomfortable and even painful conditions during the first initial stages of rehabilitation. The person’s body developed a strong dependency on illicit substances and it is bound to want them back. The mind and body will try and push a person into giving in to their inner desires, making them fall right back into addiction. But what are the symptoms of withdrawal? Here are some of the most prominent symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and drug addiction:
- Anxiety: Anxiety, panic attacks, restlessness, irritability
- Depression: Social isolation, lack of enjoyment, fatigue, poor appetite
- Sleep: Insomnia, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Cognitive: Poor concentration, poor memory
- Head: Headaches, dizziness
- Chest: Chest tightness, difficulty breathing
- Heart: Racing heart, skipped beats, palpitations
- GI: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach aches
- Muscles: Muscle tension, twitches, tremors, shakes, muscle aches
- Skin: Sweating, tingling
Essential Oils vs. WithdrawalEssential oils have been all the rage in the last couple of years; people use them for a variety of reasons. These oils are typically derived from plants, herbs, and other leaves. They have gone to show some incredible natural health benefits. Here are some of the best effects it can have on a person’s health:
- Improves mood/positivity
- Helps relaxation & sleep
- Relieves inflammation
- Pain relief
- Prevents sickness/boosts immune system
- Healthier skin
Oil DiffusersOil diffusers are an extremely popular way to reap the benefits of essential oils. Oil diffusers are used for essential oil therapy which serves as a way to help establish well-being and relief for former addicts fighting withdrawal. Oil diffusers combine water and oil together to create a vapor that fills the air with a soothing and aromatic atmosphere. Oil diffusers can be used during any activity: Chores, yoga, reading, cooking, etc. Inhaling these oils can help create relaxation and alleviate any sort of stress or depression a person may be experiencing. Aromatherapy is fantastic and can help fight against withdrawal, but it should not be an alternative for medical treatment.
Skin ApplicationAnother popular way people use these oils is skin application. These oils can quickly absorb into the skin, which allows your body to reap all the health benefits these oils can provide. Some oils are very concentrated and should be diluted before skin application. When experiencing withdrawal symptoms, diluted essential oil applied to the skin can help reduce body aches, cramps, and general relief.
Oil in BathNothing says relaxation like a hot bath. Mixing oils into bath water can help a person fight against withdrawal. A nice warm bath with diluted essential oils added into it can help relieve stress, depression, and help an addict refocus their mind on their sobriety.
Best Essential Oils for Withdrawal Symptoms
Lemon OilLemon oil is incredibly popular because it is antibacterial, astringent, and an antiseptic agent. This oil helps improve mental clarity and relieve any craving someone in recovery may be experiencing.
Lavender OilLavender oil easily has some of the best benefits for someone. Lavender is sedative, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic, immune-boosting, and antiviral. These benefits can be fantastic for a person that is trying to fight for sobriety.
Ginger OilGinger oil is jam-packed with antioxidants and it has a strong fragrance. This oil can suppress cravings, fight most withdrawal symptoms, boost the immune system, control stress/anxiety/depression, and improve the digestive system.
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