Post-Acute Withdrawal: Understanding the Physical Response of Sobriety
So when you are in withdrawal and when you're getting into post acute withdrawal, that stress response is stuck on still and you don't have something to turn it off.
Denise Walker's Detox Podcast is a deep dive into addiction and recovery, exploring the themes and emotions of her poetry collection, Pick Your Poison. In episode 25, titled 'Raw,' Denise delves into post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) and its often-overlooked physical symptoms. PAWS occurs when the acute withdrawal phase ends, and the body is left to deal with the aftermath of addiction.
Denise explains that the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the fight or flight response, is stuck in an 'on' position, leading to sudden mood swings, irritability, and anxiety. The physical symptoms of PAWS can be overwhelming, making it difficult to focus on work or daily tasks. Denise recommends meditation as a powerful tool to manage these symptoms, using breath control to slow down the body's systems.
By practicing meditation regularly, individuals can take control of their thoughts and emotions and avoid turning to substances for relief. Denise also suggests sharing literature on PAWS with loved ones, helping them better understand the challenges of recovery. Join Denise on Detox Podcast as she provides insight and tips on managing the physical response of sobriety. Listen now on alcoholfree.com.