" Your Physical Health in the Red Zone--'You might be tempted to jump into a rigorous health and fitness plan so you can get into tip-top shape now that you are sober. But that's not a good idea. Right now you need to focus most of your time and effort on staying sober and working your recovery program.' Common health issues in early recovery. Intellectual problems. Fogginess, short attention span, and other thinking problems are routine in early recovery. They almost always clear up with good recovery. See chapter 14. Active addicts and alcoholics are particularly susceptible to pneumonia (The invading organisms may be bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms.)" "Panic Attack. Symptoms usually include strong feelings of fear, worry, and tension. Mental discomfort can also set off a flood of physical symptoms. Your body launches a defensive response, an adrenaline surge that leads to a rapid, sometimes irregular heartbeat, along with sweating, increased blood pressure, and problems catching your breath." " Don't Let Down Your Guard. ' A friend in NA, who had been sober for longer than i have, just had a bad slip. He's sober again, but boy, it makes me worry it will happen to me'. It can happen to anybody. There is no cure for addiction, and a fairly large percentage of those who try to get sober have one or more relapses. It's no disgrace, but it can be demoralizing. Remember, though, that it can't take away from what was learned in recovery. In fact, it can teach us a great deal about how to apply that knowledge more successfully the second time around." Whoo! talk about comprehensive! this one's the ticket. i doubt you'll read every word, though. Good Recovery to you.
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