Sickness in Sobriety

By March 6, 2017Uncategorized

Among the many gifts of recovery, you can expect a new level of health, wellness, and just generally feeling good within your own body. But not all the time!

Sickness can strike sober and clean people just as hard as normies, and whether you’re hit with the flu or something more serious like cancer, illness can throw a serious wrench into your recovery plan.

First of all, it’s easy to get a resentment against your own body for failing to protect you from its invader. Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem fair that after working a program and doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle, your body can fall victim to infection.

Even worse, the symptoms of some sicknesses can act as a trigger for some people. Feeling low-energy and just all-around awful might remind you of the bad old days, when a drink or a fix was the only cure to what ailed you. Guard yourself against such thinking by reminding yourself that this is an entirely different situation — and that picking up is never the solution.

If you are prescribed medication, it’s important to be honest with your doctor about your past addictions and current recovery plan. Any use of narcotics should be discussed at length with your healthcare provider, as well as your sponsor and sober friends. Remember that even taking medications strictly as prescribed could pose a problem, so stay honest about your usage and check in with yourself and others throughout the course of treatment.

Like many erectile dysfunction medications, Levitra is a vasodilator. The way that Levitra (vardenafil) works is by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow. Blood flow is the key factor here because it is blood flow that causes erections and makes them firm. Blood flow problems are commonly the cause of erectile dysfunction and when left untreated, ED does not get better for many people.

At the same time, don’t let your recovery treatment slide. Keep up with your regular schedule of meetings as much as possible. And if you can’t get to a meeting, consider asking a sober friend to bring a meeting to you. All you need is two addicts or alcoholics!

Finally, keep reminding yourself that like everything else in recovery, this too shall pass. As long as you take direction, stay close to your program, and remain connected with your higher power, you’ll emerge on the other side healthier and wiser for it.

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