Trading in a drug high for a runner’s high will be one of the best things you ever do for yourself, especially because trying to navigate life post treatment can initially seem slightly disenchanting. After all, how are you supposed to replace that constant need to stay high? This list will kick those blues good-bye, so you can truly enjoy your new-found freedom.
- Laughing. You certainly won’t have trouble appreciating your new unbridled freedom to sit back and relax, without that nagging feeling of having to feed your addiction. Whether it be a hilarious sitcom or a stand-up show, don’t underestimate the power of letting go and enjoying the moment. Laughing is relaxing, purifying, and overall just good for the soul.
- Amusement Parks. Finally, enjoy a roller coaster that has nothing to do with the daily struggles of dealing with addiction. Amusement parks provide the right kind of high; the kind of thrill that forcibly brings you into the present and eradicates any other problems that may be causing stress – if only for that short moment before the 90 degree vertical drop.
- Running. Never underestimate the power of runner’s high. Any kind of exercising will send a rush of endorphins to your brain. Endorphins can most easily be explained as clusters of peptides that interact with opiate receptors, decreasing the awareness of pain or stress. Not only are endorphins free, they provide an overwhelming sense of a euphoric, slightly sedated high.