You don’t need to keep a dream journal or be overly superstitious to think twice about a strange dream you had the night before. This is especially true for those going through alcohol treatment and recovery in New York and Princeton who have relapse dreams—vivid dreams about alcohol and/or drug use and addiction. These types of dreams are often incredibly realistic and often involve events that occurred prior to beginning your addiction recovery program.
Relapse dreams can be startling, and many people take them as signs that they are headed for relapse and an abrupt end to their recovery program, or that a relapse is inevitable. This is not the case. Relapse dreams are a product of your past experience and involvement in addictive substance use, but they are not a premonition and do not imply that a relapse into substance abuse or alcohol dependency is inescapable.
To the contrary, alcohol and drug dreams can provide useful insight into inner thoughts about addiction, certain stressors in your life that you may be avoiding thinking about and other aspects of your environment and social life that could be impacting your recovery program.
Dealing with Alcohol and Drug Dreams
It’s important to understand that you are likely to experience dreams about alcohol and drug use at some point in your recovery process. Expecting that one of these dreams is coming is the first step to coping with the dream when it actually occurs.
Dreams are incredibly personal, so it is impossible to tell how your dream will play out, who it will involve and how it will end. However, you can expect that the dream will use personal aspects of your life that you may not feel comfortable with, and in many cases may force you to address underlying stressors or experiences that you have not been interested in addressing.
Here are a few quick facts to keep in mind about drug-related dreams:
- Drug dreams may reveal details about potential vulnerabilities in your life that you may not be taking proper precautions for.
- Dreams are often prompted by peripheral events in a person’s life. Your drug dream could be prompted by a minor detail of your day that you did not pay much heed to, but stuck in your mind all the same.
- At a certain point, drug dreams need to be regarded as exactly what they are: dreams. While they can hold valuable symbolism, they should not be held up as anything more than they are.
During your recovery program, it may be a useful practice to write your dreams down when you wake up in the morning and to relay your dreams to Dr. Washton as appropriate. Dr. Washton can help you evaluate the symbolism within a dream and what meaning it may hold in your life.
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