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Why Do Using Dreams Happen?

If you are in recovery, it is likely that you have experienced a using dream. Upon awakening, you may have been awash with relief that what you just experienced was only a dream. Or, sometimes people experience a longing for the dream to continue. Using dreams are normal, and most people in recovery have experienced them at one point or another.

The subconscious mind is a tricky one. When we think of using now, we are aware of the consequences that could follow. Our subconscious however, is unaware of the implications of returning to drug addiction, and is still in what some say, addiction mode. Using dreams are a sign that the unconscious mind is still focused on drinking and using. It’s a scary thought, but part of the disease, that our brain is continually thinking about addiction, and yet we are unaware of the behind-the-scenes chatter.

Dreams of using don’t necessarily mean an impending relapse, but it’s a good idea to process your feelings around the dream to get a better idea of what is going on. Feelings of relief when realizing the dream was just that is healthy. If you felt disappointed that it was only a dream, you may want to beef up your recovery. Look for triggers leading up to dream. Things such as driving by your old using spot, or seeing old using friends can spark up the subconscious addict and lead to dreams.

There are also a few things you can do to prevent using dreams. Try relieving your daily stress through exercise and meditation. Stress is a big trigger all on its own, and the more you can dispel it, the better. Avoid eating close to bedtime as this can cause disturbed sleep. Try to relax before bed, like reading a book and drinking a cup of tea. Another thing you can do, is to create a clean, relaxing atmosphere where you sleep. A very dark and tidy room, and even using essential oils will help promote a restful sleep. Learning about using dreams is one of many topics learned in treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, give us a call. Recovery is possible, and we can help you get started on living a new life.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401