Life after recovery from drug addiction can be very difficult. Once you complete a drug treatment program, you have to go back into the real world and all of the stress that comes with it. It’s important to know that if you used to self-medicate with drugs, there will be an urge to use them again when triggers strike. Knowing alternative ways to get the same feeling you got from the drugs can make it easier to avoid a relapse. Below are some safe, natural alternatives to drugs you may want to consider trying when you are in recovery.

Guarana Capsules Can be a Great Alternative to MDMA

MDMA, also known as ecstasy or Molly on the streets, often gives a euphoric feeling that can make dealing with stress in life seem easier. It can make things seem easier to decipher and an all-over feeling of peace. Guarana seeds contain double the amount of caffeine of store-bought coffee beans. The beans are harvested, roasted and processed in a similar way to coffee beans. The boost in caffeine can not only boost the way that your brain functions, but it can also improve the way that your digestive system works. The capsule form is available in different milligrams so it’s best to start with the lowest amount possible at first.

Vitamins and Minerals Serves as an Alternative for Adderall

Many college students abuse Adderall throughout their time in college, even if they aren’t prescribed to take it. This can be dangerous but improving focus and mental clarity is important. Zinc can help reduce fidgeting and make it easier to focus without your thoughts wandering from one thing to another. Cacao can be great to help with mental creativity and improve your focus. Omega-3 fatty acids can help to improve your overall brain focus which can make focusing on your work and retaining information easier.

Ashwagandha is a Healthy Alternative to Xanax

Xanax is a very popular drug that’s used to treat anxiety and prevent panic attacks. It is a drug that people often take without a prescription which can lead to addiction or an overdose because someone may not take the right dose for them. Ashwagandha works as a natural antidepressant. It increases the amount of serotonin that your body creates and lowers your levels of cortisol. This helps you to be able to better manage your stress and reduce the likelihood of panic attacks. Ashwagandha can be taken in capsule form for quick and easy use.

Spices Can Help Reduce Cravings for Painkillers

When someone is injured in an accident or has an injury, it’s common for them to be prescribed painkillers. The pain pills are addictive, and most people become addicted to them completely accidentally. It’s a good idea to try natural ways to treat your pain after you get out of recovery. Ground cloves can be great to use for pain management. Eugenol is the active ingredient in clove that gives it the pain-relieving properties you seek. It can be used in food, is available in capsule form and even as a topical reliever as an oil.

Turmeric is another spice that is a natural pain reliever. It helps to reduce inflammation in the body which can greatly reduce the pain that you feel. It is found in curry and can be used to season food. It will also help you to improve your indigestion, psoriasis, and ulcers.

Legal Natural Alternatives to Marijuana Are Available

Even though marijuana is a naturally growing plant, the marijuana that you buy on the street, could be laced with some other drug without your knowledge. This could be risky because you could end up inhaling something that you don’t want to inhale. Marijuana is also illegal in many states, making it risky to buy and use. Using legal and natural alternatives to marijuana is much safer.

Damiana is a naturally growing herb that can be used in the same way that marijuana is used. You can smoke it, use it as a tea or even use it to make edibles. It creates a very mild euphoric feeling that allows you to still function normally without having to feel the stress and anxiety that you may feel throughout the day. It’s important to make sure that the herb is purchased in its most organic form possible. This avoids you possibly ingesting pesticides unknowingly.

How to Use Natural Alternatives Safely

If you feel that you want to try one of these natural alternatives, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first. He or she can give you recommendations about how you should take the alternatives, how much you should take and how often you should take them. They can also provide you with recommendations about which options of each alternative are the best option for you. This allows you to rest assured that you aren’t putting yourself at risk when you use them.

If you notice that you start to feel the urge to use any drugs again, you need to stop taking the alternative options right away. Talk to your sponsor if you are in a 12-step program or a drug abuse counselor to avoid a relapse. There are many people who need to go through a drug treatment program multiple times before they are able to get clean and sober for good. You may need to get professional help more than once if you want to be able to avoid relapsing.

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