Sobriety and Seasonal Depression
Every season brings something different. Spring brings new growth, summer brings sunshine and barbeques and fall brings beautiful leaves. Winter however, can often bring out mood disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal Affect Disorder occurs when the days become shorter and the months become darker.
During the winter months, there are times when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor activities and physical activities are limited. This can lead to boredom and feelings of isolation which becomes a problem that negatively affects recovering addicts, especially when spending time alone. This becomes a danger due to the feeling of wanting a boost in energy, combat the boredom, or the need for a quick lift in mood which can influence a person’s recovery.
Although SAD is a struggle for many people, there are ways to prepare for season temptations and SAD.
- Although the winter weather is cold, bundle up and go outside! Spending time outside and some type of exercise should be part of your daily routine. This allows for exposure to sunlight even if it appears to be a cloudy day.
- Try brightening up your home by turning on as many lights as you can. Try to resist the temptation to pull the covers over your head in a dark room.
- Create a schedule or a plan fun, sober events to prevent boredom, feelings of isolation and cravings.
- Go to a meeting! Getting out of the house and being around supportive people will decrease feelings of isolation and will directly impact your recovery success.
- Take out your recovery notebook out and read it.
- Be good to yourself. Yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques that work for you are a great way to refocus your thoughts and boost energy. Remember, recovery involves your mind, body and spirit.
- Avoid anything that could jeopardize your recovery. If you have to think twice, it’s best to avoid it all together.
When dealing with substance abuse and a mental health disorder, recovery takes on an additional aspect as substance use effects the mental health issue while the mental health issue effects the substance use. Dealing with both at the same time requires an additional component to recovery.
Cape Cod Recovery Center is a substance abuse program dedicated to working with those seeking help with a drug or alcohol addiction by providing a safe and supportive environment while working towards a substance free life. Cape Cod Recovery Center also works with the family of those struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction as it not only effects the individual but impacts the entire family.