PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)


When a person first becomes sober, they step into a new world. That new world is supposed to be free of the pain of addiction and filled with positivism, promise, and happiness. In the beginning, however, it doesn’t always feel that way. It feels confusing, sometimes sad, and it’s certainly not very fun.
Those negative feelings in early recovery are the result of PAWS – post acute withdrawal syndrome – and they’re normal and can last up to two years. While the brain is repairing itself from the damage caused by addiction, the individual won’t always feel in the best state of mind. They may ask them self, “Is it going to get better?” or “Will it ever be fun?” Recovery takes time, it’s on a daily basis, eventually those feelings will pass, but the only way out of Hell is to keep walking.

The good news in recovery is you get your feelings back, the bad news is——you get your feelings back.


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