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 – (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
- 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?