Drugs and alcohol have the power to mess with your mood, as they change the chemical balance in your brain. Different drugs make you feel different things: energised, loved up, aggressive or even seeing things that aren’t there, all by altering the natural processes and chemicals in your brain.
It’s normal to have a comedown from most drugs, including alcohol. This can leave you feeling irritable, sad, empty, manic, depressed and/or tired while the drug leaves your system. As your brain replenishes itself, you will most likely start feeling normal again in a couple of days. Or in the case of stronger drugs like ice, feeling normal might be weeks away.
But if drugs and alcohol are part of your daily routine, intense mood swings can become the norm. Stress can become even harder to deal with as time goes on, as you become more dependent on substances to help you cope.
Instead of reaching for a drink or drug to manage your mood swings, try using exercise or meditation to tackle stress and anxiety. There are some great breathing techniques that can also help. Try and be aware of why you’re drinking or taking drugs. And remember what seems like the solution can often be a major part of the problem.
It’s always a good idea to talk to someone. If you’re having problems with your moods related to your alcohol or drug use, call 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685 or check out our Programs + Services.