Addiction Helpline and Resource Center

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet LagJet lag syndrome is a sleep disorder caused by traveling across time zones. Jet lag occurs when the body’s circadian rhythms, or the physical, mental, and behavioral changes that a person experiences on a 24 hour cycle, are disrupted. Crossing time zones alters a person’s pattern of exposure to daylight, as well as their sleeping and eating schedule. Symptoms of chronic jet lag include the following:

  • Stress
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Difficulty remaining alert
  • General feeling of not being well

Jet lag symptoms often fade within one to two days of changing time zones. However, the more time zones a person has crossed, the more severe and persistent his symptoms may be. Repeated disturbances to a person’s circadian rhythm over a long period of time can impair physical and psychological health. Frequent travelers may develop what is known as chronic jet lag syndrome. Those who suffer from chronic jet lag may benefit from visiting a sleep specialist. Extreme cases of chronic jet lag occasionally lead to heart attack or stroke.

How Chronic Jet Lag May Lead to Substance Abuse

Those who suffer from chronic jet lag may self-medicate their symptoms with substance abuse. A person who suffers from insomnia due to jet lag may overuse sleeping pills in order to rest or relax, while a person who suffers from fatigue due to jet lag may overuse stimulants in order to stay alert and awake for work projects or important events. Victims of chronic jet lag may also misuse drugs in order to alleviate symptoms of stress. However, misusing prescription drugs does not provide a remedy for chronic jet lag. Instead, the misuse of prescription drugs quickly leads to addiction and the need for professional treatment.

High Quality Treatment for Substance Abuse

In a high quality addiction treatment center, patients can learn how to overcome their substance abuse problem and how to more effectively cope with their chronic jet lag. Rehab patients receive medical treatments for drug abuse and attend individual and group counseling sessions. Counseling helps patients develop healthy coping skills, so they can avoid substance abuse in the future. While in treatment, patients may also benefit from holistic therapies such as yoga or equine therapy. After completing their treatment program, patients follow a carefully designed aftercare plan in order to maintain sobriety.

Need Help Finding High Quality Substance Abuse Treatment?

If you or someone you love is struggling with chronic jet lag and substance abuse, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today to speak with one of our rehab admissions coordinators who can connect you to a high quality addiction treatment program. We are available 24/7 to take your call and offer you treatment options that lead to recovery. Please don’t hesitate to call us now.

banner ad