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6 Items to Avoid in a Recovering Addict’s Home

There are plenty of items in the house that can be used to get high that many people don’t know about. For people in early recovery, getting back to a normal life can be difficult and challenging, which may result in a relapse. But there are ways to minimize urges and triggers around your home.

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Having drugs, alcohol, or a bar/wine cabinet in your house may not be a good idea for someone early in recovery. It’s best to replace a bar with other furniture and/or lock up alcohol.

It may feel that this sends a message of mistrust to a recovering addict, but you’re helping them succeed.

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Bath Salts

Most people use bath salts to relax in a nice hot bath after a long day. Which is fine, however, bath salts contain mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). MDPV is an ingredient that can cause a high like that of meth.

Consider other products for your baths such as bubble bath, fragrant soaps/lotions.

Prescription Drugs

Prescriptions can easily substitute a person’s drug of choice to get high. Common anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax and Valium and pain medications like Vicodin can be dangerous for a recovering addict.

Invest a small safe or lock to keep your medication out of sight. This is not to shame an addict, but to protect their sobriety.

Kitchen Seasoning

There are many dangerous foods lurking in your spice cabinet.

For example, vanilla contains ethanol, which is like alcohol. In fact, vanilla contains 35% ethanol, which is enough to cause terrible stomach pain and respiratory distress when consumed.

Nutmeg is another dangerous ingredient. If someone eats five teaspoons of nutmeg, they can be high for up to two days.

After a few hours of consuming the warm, woodsy spice, people experience auditory hallucinations. Since it takes hours to kick in, people often overdose as well.

Over the Counter Medications

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are inexpensive, easy to buy, and are found frequently in everyone’s home. But they can be threatening to someone’s sobriety.

Take cough syrup for example. Most syrups contain Dextromethorphan, which in small doses is fine, but large quantities can cause a disorienting and potentially dangerous highs like phencyclidine (PCP).

Anti-Allergy Medications

Diphenhydramine is a common active ingredient in OTC antihistamines.

One common side effect for people using them is drowsiness. A recovering addict may use the drug excessively as a sleep aid or to calm down.


Items such as rubber cement, nail polish remover, paint thinner, aerosol cans, canned air for computer cleaning, hair spray and cooking spray are used daily. However, these inhalants are dangerous.

Inhalants interfere with the cardiovascular system causing Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.

Sniffing substances gives users a rush of adrenaline that can cause cardiac arrest and die.


There’s no doubt that vitamins and herbs are a great part of a recovery regimen, good nutrition, and overall heal, but herbal supplements are entirely a different matter. Some herbs have stimulant or sedative properties.

For example, the herb Valerian is used for sleep and anxiety disorders can cause people feeling sluggish and unable to operate machinery.

Always read the label to the products you buy to ensure they are safe for you and your loved ones. Keeping potentially problematic products out of your home and the home of a recovering addict will allow for them to maintain their sobriety, stay healthy, and happy.


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