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Have You Considered Your Addiction during SHTF?

We always talk about getting extra prescription medication to last you through a SHTF situation, but you may have other needs that you haven’t considered. Have You Considered Your Addictions for SHTF?

Have You Considered Your Addiction during SHTF?

SHTF is no time for withdraw symptoms. I can be honest and admit that I have an addiction. This may surprise you, but I am addicted…. addicted to… Coffee.

OK, I’ll be the first to agree that Caffeine addiction is small compared to other addictions, but the symptoms can add some unnecessary overhead to an already tense situation.

Symptoms or effects of Caffeine withdraw

  • Headache โ€“ (sometimes described as being gradual in development and diffuse, and other times throbbing and severe)
  • Fatigue, sluggishness, lethargy, tiredness
  • Sleepiness and Drowsiness
  • Difficulty Concentrating, Fuzziness
  • Decreased motivation for tasks or work
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, muscle aches/stiffness, hot/cold spells, heavy feelings in extremities)
  • Impairment in motor functions, vigilance and cognitive performances

Keep in mind, if these are the symptoms of Caffeine withdraw, imagine how other addictions will behave, when you can’t get your fix.

What should you do to avoid withdraw?

Any addiction is bad, even coffee or cigarettes. The best answer is to slowly ween yourself off your addictions. Get help from a professional or group if needed.

If you really can’t beat your addiction, then you need to stock pile enough of your substance to get you by or allow you to slowly remove decrease your dependence. Maybe you can go cold turkey, but are there others, who depend on you to hold it together? Do you want to be laid up, during looting or when you should be fleeing?

I’ll be part of the latter group, I will drink coffee up until SHTF. Then, I’ll use a coffee percolator, on my gas grill, camp stove or over a camp fire, or drink instant coffee, and slowly ween myself off.

I know some of my readers do fight with some very serious addictions, and I can relate. I won’t get into it here, but I spent 20 years battling addictions, other than coffee and cigarettes. I am proud to say that I’ve been winning against my addictions, for many years and coffee is my only vice.

I also understand that you are never truly free, it really is a one day at a time fight to be free. I dream about my addiction almost every night, and always find part of my mind trying to rationalize that “you can just do a little, now and then, recreationally…”.

The addict’s fight never ends, if you need help, please find someone or a group you can trust RIGHT NOW. If I can walk this road and fight this fight, so can you!

Addiction is bad but withdraw symptoms can add some unnecessary overhead to an already tense situation. Have You Considered Your Addiction during SHTF?

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  1. I am genuinely curious how many prepper heroine addicts there are. Sounds like an interesting dichotomy.

    I know some Mormons who feel this way about chocolate. They have like 2 lb of ghirardelli chocolate in each of their 72 hr kits. Probably not a bad idea.

    • I am constantly surprised by how many “functional” addicts there are out there. They keep jobs, they are active in their community, but they still battle addictions.

    • Addicts and alcoholics are not what TV and movies generally portray. There is a popular belief that addiction is not a disease, more of a choice and excuse for lifestyle. The true sufferers of addiction can tell you, being locked in a prison of mind, body and spirit is anything but “fun”. Recovering persons are some of the most genuine and giving people I know. The world would be a much better place if everyone lived by the 12 steps and 12 traditions of AA and NA. They see the storms brewing as well even with the struggles they face in their everyday lives.

  2. Great article. I was heavily addicted to pain killers for over 10 years,after a terrible accident.During this time I was a prepper, and it was a concern for me.Thankfully,with tremendous family support and proffesional help,I have been clean for over 7 years.I can tell you if you have a physical addiction,especially opiates, you will be almost worthless while you are going thru withdrawal.If you are going cold turkey, the withrawal effects last for some time.You will be totally incapicitated(some have even died) incapicitated for at least 2 weeks, depending on how long you have been using.After that you will still have withdrawal symptoms for months.When you withdraw from opiates, every organ in your body withdraws,making you feel quite miserable.Opiates cause your body to greatly reduce the production of Seritonum(the substance that regulates how you feel) and coates the brains seritonum receptors, and it takes a while after you quit for the receptors to be cleaned and start receiving the seritonum again.Of course everyone is different,so the time it takes will vary.I feel that in SHTF situation,pharmacies will be a dangerous place.

  3. I have been stocking up on the large chocolate bars sold by one of the dollar stores. They’re tasty and a good deal for $1, and still taste good after several months of storage. I also stock up on coffee when there’s a decent sale. I’ve had no problems with taste, even after storing for a couple years. I currently have “several” I keep in rotation. I buy a couple $1 boxes of the coffee ‘sticks’ once a month too. I also kept a couple cartons of cigarettes I had, even after quitting the habit 4 years ago. I think any of these items will be great for bartering. Another item to consider for barter or even medical use, is the mini bottles of booze. Every time I go to the liquor store, I buy 10 of the 99ยข bottles.

    I, too, have purchased perculator coffee pots, and use one daily for making my coffee. I’ve found my wood stove brews a pot of coffee in about the same amount of time as my electric stove.

  4. if SHTF, I doubt growing poppies, ephedra, tea, coca or tobacco will be much of an issue. You can ferment any type of grain or fruit to make alcohol. Might be time to make a trip to Columbia and collect some seeds ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Thank you for sharing. I need to add nicotine gum to my BOB. Been sober almost 12 years and cigarette free 2 years, but still chewing the gum :). Caffeine intake really dropped after quitting smoking but it is a part of prepping plan.

  6. My husband is a smoker, he attempts to smoke less, but this is going to be a problem if he can’t get tobacco. Thinking about buying some tobacco and a supply of “roll your own” papers. If I store in mylar/food saver bags, how long would the tobacco remain fresh?

  7. About two years ago, maybe three by now, I did an experiment with some commercial Christmas and other candies. I took a small assortment, some stick licorice, some mints, and some chocolate in each bag, and vacuum-packaged it. Six months later, most of the candies had lost flavor or the quality wasn’t the same.

    It’s a sad fact of life, but – wait! You can make your own candy, There are at least two cookbooks on Amazon dedicated to knockoff candybar and candy recipes and the Internet’s full of them as well. And they’re probably better quality, and knowing how to make candy would be a useful PSHTF skill, yes?

  8. I have coffee, (and tea) and like you I will continue to drink it until I see I am running low and ween myself, I quit smoking pot MANY years ago, but would probably be glad to grow some during in a SHFT situation. So maybe I need to start begging seeds from those I know who still smoke.


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