What's your cocktail of choice?

This week, I wanted to dedicate my blog posts to commonly used substances in the US. Having more information about how our brain is effected by things we ingest may help bring a different understanding as to why certain substances are craved or needed in larger quantities over time when our body builds a tolerance to them.

Watch these quick informational videos and think about what your cocktail of choice is. What substance do you find yourself using to subdue the effects of another substance?

Did you know that alcohol is the only substance from which a person can die from the withdrawal effects?!! Failure to manage the alcohol withdrawal syndrome appropriately can lead to permanent brain damage or death. Be sure to check yourself into a rehab for professional care and monitoring if you have alcoholism and would like to quit. If this is how alcohol is affecting your body, you might want to start thinking about why you are drinking it in the first place.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include but are not limited to the list below. They unfortunately lead to a desire to drink again so as to relieve the expression of your body telling you it doesn't like what you're putting into it...

  • Shaky hands
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

Many people, when using alcohol the day before, need lots of coffee the following morning to ease into the day in an attempt to maintain a natural flow to life. What would it be like if alcohol intake and coffee intake were reduced?

Being conscious of what you're ingesting can help you tune into what your body is telling you about what it needs. Taking a permanent break off substances can change the way your body physically and emotionally functions. Our body is the tool by which we exist. Be kind to yourself. You deserve it.