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Stage 1:

Withdrawal Stage (Days 1 to 15)

People usually feel bad when they stop using crystal. In the first two weeks of sobriety, the body goes into overdrive to repair the damage from

substance use.

People usually

physically

sick

during

this

period.

need a lot of rest Here are common

withdrawal

stage

and things

you can

do

to get

through

and sometimes problems during this period:

get the

Problems

What to do

Medical Problems Depression Out­of­Control Behavior Contact With Triggers Exhaustion Lack of Sex Drive

Medical Examination Exercise Daily Visits to Therapist/12­step Meetings Eliminate Triggers Allow Time For Sleep Let Time Pass/Talk to Therapist or Friend

Stage 2:

Honeymoon Stage

(Days 16 to 45)

In the Honeymoon Stage, the necessary repairs and people lead to overconfidence, which following are common problem about them:

body has made most of the immediately

usually feel better. Unfortunately this increases the likelihood of relapse.

can The

s

during

this

stage

and

things

you

can

do

Problems

Suggested Actions

Too Much/Too Little Work Overconfidence Occasional Cravings Insomnia/Anxiety Loneliness/Boredom Strong Sexual Desire/Sexual

Schedule Time Educate Yourself About Dependence Thought­stopping Exercise 12­Step Meetings/Time with Friends

Reasoned Action

Identify Risks and Limit

Acting Out

Exposure to Triggers

Session 13: Addiction & the Brain; Stages of Recovery

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