Menopause is an inevitable stage in a woman’s life that brings about an array of physiological changes that are responsible for significant alterations in mental and physical health. Menopause causes levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones to drop, resulting in a variety of changes that many women dread. With the multitude of significant shifts that women experience during these stages of life, it is not uncommon for some women to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with physical changes, emotional shifts, and pain that is likely to occur during these times. Unfortunately, some women fall victim to addiction during menopause.
With the legalization of cannabis spreading like wildfire across the united states, there is a lot of talk regarding how CBD and marijuana can help improve mental and physical health. While CBD and marijuana have many medicinal benefits, cannabis can also be effective in helping those who are suffering from alcoholism to mitigate alcohol withdrawals and rebalance brain chemistry that has been affected as a result of alcohol abuse. Lastly, marijuana use can be used as a harm reduction tool in preventing alcohol relapse among those suffering from alcoholism.
Alcohol was an exhilarating part of my life for several years—as it is for a lot of people. Gin and tonic were my go-tos, and it was my way to relax at the end of a long, stressful day. It also gave me a way to socialize with others, have fun on the weekends, and let loose a little bit.
When I got sober, CBD oil was all the rage. Every vape store and health store had CBD oil at the front counter and attractive advertisements enveloped the outside of the buildings promoting all of the health benefits of taking CBD oil. Naturally, I was curious about it. After all, I had always been a marijuana advocate, even as a sober individual, because I had seen how much CBD cream had helped my mother manage her rheumatoid arthritis. I was curious because my anxiety was controlling my life. I couldn't take medication for it because the only ones that worked were narcotics.
For the average individual, when the consequences are bad enough they can stop using drugs and drinking. They don’t even need to put up a fight. I once knew a person who, when he finally lost his job and no longer had money to pay rent, stopped using. Just like that, he made the decision to stop. He was able to stop and not have the urge to drink or get high all on his own.
Since dependence on opioids can occur after only seven days of taking opioids, much of the opioid epidemic has been attributed to the excessive prescribing of pain medications to patients after surgery or when dealing with chronic pain. In addition, those who are living a sober life in recovery who struggle with chronic pain face unique challenges because opioids are no longer an option. However, there are several methods of pain management that one can use without turning to prescription opioids.