Can the Weather Affect Addiction?

We’ve all had those days where we’ve woken up grumpy, looked outside at the gray clouds, and stayed gloomy for at least part of the day. Rainy days and cold, gray days are often viewed as “dreary.” So it’s no wonder that some people attribute their drug use to the weather, especially during an unusually rainy or snowy season. Is this just another excuse that people with a substance use disorder dream up? Or is the idea that weather can affect addiction proven by science?

Are You Self-Medicating Due to Poor Weather?

So, is it weather that’s causing people to drink more? The answer is a bit more complicated. While addiction hasn’t found any specific correlations to drug use on gloomy days, science has proven that the weather can have a profound effect on a person’s mood. People with substance use disorders who struggle with mental health issues may find that the weather is a trigger to use because “ugly” days exacerbate depression.

In the winter months, people who are prone to depression often find themselves emotionally drained due to the lack of sunlight. This is called “seasonal depressive disorder,” and people can experience it on various levels, even if they don’t suffer from mental health issues.

People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol will often admit that they’ll drink for many reasons, or no reason at all, if given the opportunity. However, there are some times that people are merely known to drink more than others. There is often an uptick in drinking and driving around the holidays, and many people struggle with sadness or anger around these times of the year, too.

Sure, poor weather can be a trigger to get high.  The chances are that although the alcohol or drugs flow more freely during certain times of the year if you’re addicted, you’d use no matter what the weather may be.

Getting Help

Many people, when they first get clean and sober, find solace at beach treatment facilities where the weather gives them peace and serenity as they plot their new path in life. It’s a great place to recover your mind, body, and spirit.

Addiction isn’t fun, and it’s a struggle that you shouldn’t suffer alone. Recovery is possible. We’ve seen people from all walks of life reclaim their lives and learn to live alcohol and drug-free. Learn more about how you can start your recovery journey. We can answer any questions you may have, including insurance issues. Call us at 877-228-2401 to learn more.

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