Any kind of addiction is always harmful for the health. Be it alcoholism or drug addiction, it slowly changes you completely as an individual. You don’t feel like doing anything, your behavior is characterized by aggression and anxiety and you have a deteriorating health.
Let’s skip a few months or years, when you finally realize that you want to return back to your addiction free life. To flush out all the narcotics and alcohol from your body, you have undergone a professional detox program. Now, do you suddenly feel very euphoric? Sudden bursts of happiness keeps creeping in? You finally feel relieved from your previous state? This phenomenon is known as the pink cloud syndrome.
How to know if you are on “pink cloud”?
In your early recovery stage, if your recovery phase is characterized by feeling confident about your recovery, a feeling of euphoria and excitement, then you are said to be on the pink cloud!
Feeling excited and confident about your recovery can be great, but the most important thing to understand is that this phase is a temporary phase and sometimes it can lead to a negative impact.
The following signs might indicate that you are pink clouding!
- You feel hopeful
- There is sudden joy and happiness
- You sense optimism
- You are positive about recovery
- You have a peaceful state of mind
- You are confident about your abilities to lead a sober life
How long does it last?
The phase of pink cloud doesn’t last forever nor does it go away in a day. It totally depends upon the person who is in that phase and his recovery stage and experience. Generally, it lasts for about a few days or weeks. It has also been observed in some people that they enter this phase more than once, throughout their recovery period.
Negative effects of the pink cloud
Being elated and overly happy is obviously not a bad thing. But being overconfident about your recovery is far from good. The most important thing one needs to understand is that this happy state is far from reality. It makes you believe that you have achieved a lot, and you start to think that getting back to your normal life is very easy. You start to feel overconfident. This can leave a dangerous impact on your path to recovery as you might start skipping your daily exercises.
It can affect you in a bad way in more than one ways:
The feeling of hope and euphoria can make one believe that this phase is what being sober means. When the expectations doesn’t match it can lead to dangerous consequences in your long term recovery and can also lead to a relapse.
A feeling of overconfidence develops during this phase. It makes you feel that you will be able to overcome this phase on your own. It can lead to dire consequences as you might start skipping your daily routine of exercises.
Real life challenges
Pink cloud can restrict one’s capability of dealing with real life challenges. This can happen when you don’t want to face the difficult situations in your life. To deal life as it is, with all its challenges is an important aspect of your road to recovery.
Once the phase of pink cloud is over, the person can start to feel sad and hopeless once again. This can lead to a relapse if proper support is not provided.
How to deal with the pink cloud?
To mitigate or avoid the negative effects of the syndrome, the following measures can be effective.
Prior knowledge of the pink cloud syndrome and the steps that one should take to deal with it can help the person to overcome this phase without any negative consequences. One should be prepared and be made aware that the sudden elation and happiness is just temporary. If however the recovery is complete, then this euphoria can be felt in real life too.
Boundaries & accountability
Some people or some places might trigger an individual. By establishing boundaries and restricting the contact, this situation can be avoided.
Accountability revolves around attending the daily exercises or taking the aftercare treatment properly.
Mostly all treatment facilities provide an aftercare program. By attending this program routinely, the individual can discuss his problems or progress. This can largely increase the long term sobriety.
Positive effects of the pink cloud
Sometimes all a person needs to progress is a little support, joy, hope and happiness. Though temporary, these experience can serve as a motivation for the person to continue their recovery effectively. The pink cloud depicts a picture of what life would be in sober life. Isn’t this an enough motivation for a person to continue their journey towards betterment?
How to extract positive outcome from pink cloud?
It is evident that during your journey towards recovery, the pink cloud syndrome is bound to happen. As you are aware that things might end in a good note or leave a negative impact, why not make the most out of this phase?
Here are some points that might help you to extract some positive outcomes while you are on the pink cloud!
The decisions that you make when you have an optimistic outlook are the ones that will help you to prepare for the upcoming challenges. You should also build up an idea of your recovery phase. This phase can also be utilized to learn about the ideal practice required to abstain from further addictions.
Hold on to positivity
Whenever you feel low and feel like drinking again, you can think of the negative consequences you had. Though pink cloud is temporary, the feeling of being in this phase can be permanent. By holding onto the positivity that you felt when you were in this phase can be a great motivation to stop you from drinking.
While in this phase, you can set small achievable goals for yourself. Setting goals and trying to accomplish them can be a lot easier when you are ecstatic and full of hope.
Try to enjoy your road to recovery. If you ride the pink cloud carefully, you will achieve a lot more than you had intended to. Enjoy pink clouding! And yes, try to make the most out of it. With a little support from others and a little self-care, you will be able to overcome your recovery phase triumphantly!