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Insomnia and the Recovering Addict

Hi everyone,  Today I have something a little different for you all.  Author Mel Sands has shared the following introduction and link to a wonderful post about recovering addicts and insomnia with us:

Sleep Tight…
Well-known American writer Anthony J. D’Angelo once said,
“Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.”
For many recovering addicts, making progress is all about realignment. Determined to overcome their demons and recapture normality, they seek to realign their priorities, their friendships and their well being. Sadly the road to realignment is often littered with obstacles and part of the recovery process is finding a path around these. One major challenge which frequently occurs well into the recovery process is sleeplessness, also known as insomnia. Many addicts close to success in terms of completing their treatment programs discover the damaging effect which this distressing condition can have on their recovery. Quite rightly concerned about resorting to medication to deal with the problem for fear of developing a new dependence, former substance abusers sometimes choose to ignore the condition and hope it goes away. Unfortunately inaction can be a dangerous choice. Medical research has proven clear links between sleep disturbance and relapse into addiction. Thankfully there are other natural options which can effectively address sleeplessness. This article provides an informed insight into why recovering addicts develop insomnia and gives practical advice on how to treat it naturally. It contains practical solutions and strategies for sleep reclamation including sleep schedules and relaxation techniques. By following the steps outlined in this article, former substance abusers can develop a safe and effective approach to regaining control of their sleep and in turn supporting a successful recovery process.  For more information you can read on here: http://www.recovery.org/pro/articles/cant-sleep-non-pharmaceutical-options-for-treating-insomnia-during-addiction-recovery/

I also wanted to share a resource I have come across to help those who are struggling with addiction: 
The benefit of going to rehab abroad by Paul Barley at Ocean Recovery Centre. This article explains many unique benefits that be obtained by going to rehab outside North America.
I have recently been introduced to another guide to help anyone having issues with Insomnia During Alcohol Detox.  I hope it helps some of you.