What is a Pink Cloud?:
Q: What is a Pink Cloud? What does the term â€œpink cloudâ€ mean?
“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”
A. Being “on a Pink Cloud” means to feel almost like being high, but without using drugs or alcohol.
The first few days or weeks in recovery are normally a time of adjustment for the addictâ€™s body and mind. Early recovery can be a roller coaster of emotionsâ€”often frustrating and stressful. After this will come a leveling-out period in which many people will have an almost euphoric feeling, sometimes referred to as a â€œpink cloud.â€
This ah-ha experience can last for days or even weeksâ€”I really have this recovery thing figured out; I can do this!
I remember feeling this way myself. It was almost like a natural high. But the addict should be careful not to think that he or she is cured, because this could lead to another try at controlled using (i.e., a slip or relapse).
Five months after leaving treatment I tried some controlled using. For me this verified that I indeed was addicted, and I quickly got back to working on my recovery.
This â€œQ & A with Joe Herzanekâ€ is excerpted from Part 5 of â€œWhy Donâ€™t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery.â€œ
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