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Recovery Safe Cold and Flu Remedies from The Recovery Book


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Recovery safe cold and flu remedies from The Recovery Book.

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Recovery Safe Cold and Flu Remedies from The Recovery Book

  1. Cold and Flu Remedies for People in Recovery The Recovery Book Answers toAll Your QuestionsAbout Addiction andAlcoholism and FindingHealth and Happiness in Recovery @TheRecoveryBook 2nd edition now available at all book retailers!
  2. Cold and Flu Remedies for People in Recovery People in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol need to avoid taking medication for cold and flu symptoms. Al J. Mooney, MD, author of The Recovery Book, has a dozen ideas for recovery-safe ways to manage your symptoms.
  3. Avoid risky things The biggest risk for people in recovery is relapse triggered by use of a mind-altering drug. Your cold or flu will pass in a few days. Don’t take any drugs that put you at risk for a relapse. A relapse is much more dangerous than a temporary illness.
  4. Treat your cough safely Use things around the house to make cough medicine. Mix three tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of honey. Stir in a quarter cup of warm water. Take two tablespoons every four to six hours and at bedtime.
  5. Keep your head elevated Elevate your head at night. Use two pillows. Place one crossways like you normally sleep with it, and the second one lengthwise on a slant to keep your head up a little.
  6. Breathe humid air Humidity is helpful. Take a long shower twice a day, and run a humidifier if you have one. Steam vaporizers are probably best.
  7. Gargle for a sore throat Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water; gargle with it several times a day. If a sore throat is severe or persistent, get a throat culture to rule out a strep infection (which needs antibiotics).
  8. Use saline nose spray Use a saline nose spray. Ayr, Ocean, and Simply Saline are all similar and okay. Use the saline as often as you need it to help keep sinus passages clear and prevent a sinus infection, which could require antibiotics.
  9. Clear your ears (1) Sinus passages can get congested during the inflammatory reaction of an upper respiratory infection, and air passages to the ears can get blocked. Try chewing gum or swallowing hard to relieve the ear pressure.
  10. Clear your ears (2) Another way to relieve ear pressure is the Valsalva maneuver. Close your mouth, hold your nose, and blow out like you are blowing up a balloon. Repeat several times a day.
  11. Intensify your recovery plan (1) There is a tendency to avoid recovery activities when sick. Sickness can make a person more vulnerable, so meetings and other recovery activities can be even more important during times of illness.
  12. Intensify your recovery plan (2) If you can’t get to meetings, talk with your sponsor or others on the phone. Schedule a bedside meeting. Try an online meeting. Ask a friend to bring a laptop or phone to a meeting and include you by video chat.
  13. Take medication when other things don’t work Non-medicated cough drops can help with a cough or a dry or sore throat. For aches and pains, try acetaminophen (two 325 mg) or ibuprofen (two 200 mg). Severe flu can be treated with prescription antiviral medications.
  14. Get plenty of rest Healing from illness requires your body to call on reserves. Continue your normal activities if symptoms are minor. If symptoms are severe, stick close to home. Chill out and make sure you get the rest you need.
  15. Drink plenty of fluids Drink non-caffeinated fluids so you don’t add to the misery by getting anxiety from too much caffeine. Water is best, but fruit juices and sports drinks can add calories when you’re too sick to eat or have a sore throat.
  16. Thank you to Dot Mooney, who originally developed these cold and flu remedies. Dot and her husband, Dr. John Mooney, founded Willingway Hospital, a treatment center for addiction, in the 1960s. ThankYou, Dot Mooney
  17. Al J. Mooney, MD Catherine Dold Howard Eisenberg @TheRecoveryBook The Recovery Book: Answers to All Your Questions About Addiction and Alcoholism and Finding Health and Happiness in Sobriety Now available at Amazon and other book retailers.