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Updated on September 28, 2022

How to Sober Up

How to Sober Up Fast

When you consume excessive amounts of alcohol or other drugs, your body needs to sober up to function normally.

While there are some ways to improve your short-term mental and physical functioning, it’s almost always impossible to sober up quickly.

Even if you use methods to enhance alertness and awareness, you shouldn't drive or make important decisions until the substance’s effects are entirely flushed out of your system.

Depending on how much alcohol or other drugs were consumed, it can take hours for your body to flush out the substances completely.

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How to Sober Up from Alcohol

There is nothing you can do to reduce the amount of alcohol in your body after a night of drinking. Only time can reduce the BAC in your body.

However, you can take steps to feel more alert:

1. Drink Water 

Drinking water is essential to preventing dehydration. It counteracts the dehydrating effects of alcohol.

2. Sleep

Sleep is one the most effective ways for someone to heal from alcohol's effects. Rest allows the body to recover and recuperate.

Even taking a brief nap can help with metabolization. Generally, the more sleep you get, the more sober you will feel.

3. Eat Bland Foods

Eating bland foods can prevent upsetting your stomach further while raising your blood sugar levels. If this still upsets your stomach, drink water fortified with vitamins and minerals.

How Long Does Alcohol Stay In Your System?

The liver oxidizes 95% of the alcohol you consume and turns it into water and carbon monoxide. On average, it takes 1 hour to break down 1 unit of alcohol. One unit is equivalent to 10 ml of pure alcohol.

The breakdown time will vary depending on several factors. This includes:

  • Your weight
  • Your age
  • Your metabolism
  • The strength of the alcohol consumed
  • The presence (or lack) of food in the stomach

How to Sober Up from Molly

Like with alcohol intoxication, it's almost impossible to speed up the sobering process after taking Molly. However, there are some methods you can take to become more alert and aware.

Sleep

After sufficient sleep, Molly's effects on a person's brain revert to normal.

With continued use of Molly, you develop a "tolerance" to the substance. This means you may require an increased dose of the drug over time.

The effects that would typically cause a crash or ‘hangover’ from a one-night experience taking the drug can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms that linger for days.

Consume Healthy Foods and Green Tea

Drinking plenty of green tea and consuming vegetables and fruits helps you feel more alert and aware.

You can also supplement with potent neuroprotectors like ALCAR (Acetyl-L-Carnitine) and NA-R-ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid).

Drinking water for hydration is essential too.

Drink Orange Juice

Molly causes a surplus release of serotonin, leading to mood-boosting effects. However, when the results of the drug wear off, the serotonin levels reduce significantly.

This can lead to negative thoughts and feelings during the ‘come down.’ Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C. This important vitamin aids in the production of serotonin.

Serotonin is the "happy hormone" needed to cancel the negative effects of a comedown.

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How to Sober Up from Coke

It's impossible to sober up quickly from coke. However, there are ways to feel more alert and appear sober after taking the drug.

Sleep

The best method you can take to sober up after taking coke is sleeping. Your body requires natural sleep to rest and recover from taking coke. Allow your body plenty of time to recuperate.

Consume Healthy Foods and Drinks

Eat plenty of nuts and bananas. Drink orange juice to boost serotonin levels and replenish nutrients after taking coke. You should also rehydrate with a glass of water or an isotonic drink.

How Does the Body Process Alcohol?

The body doesn’t digest alcohol. Instead, the substance travels to different parts of the body through the bloodstream. It first affects your brain, followed by the kidneys, lungs, and liver.

Alcohol widens the blood vessels, causing a drop in blood pressure. It also affects the part of your brain that controls your mood and body functions. It can cause feelings of depression and poor coordination.

Alcohol is considered a diuretic, which increases urination. It also causes dehydration.

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Myths About Sobering Up Fast

There are various myths surrounding methods on how to sober up fast. These include:

1. Vomiting

Vomiting won't lower your body's blood alcohol content (BAC). Once alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream, there is nothing you can do except wait.

Vomiting can help alleviate feelings of nausea.

2. Eating Fatty Foods

Eating fatty foods only helps prior to drinking alcohol. It can slow down the rate at which your stomach lining absorbs alcohol, but not by much.

Eating fatty foods after drinking alcohol will not reduce your BAC. It can also upset your stomach even more.

3. Drinking Caffeine or Energy Drinks

Caffeine and energy drinks cause dehydration. Drinking this to sober up will not help. It can make you feel alert but can be counterintuitive if you’re also dehydrated from alcohol.

4. Taking a Cold Shower

Taking a cold shower to sober up can be more harmful than good, especially if you’re experiencing alcohol poisoning.

The shock of the cold water can cause people to lose consciousness. It can also aggravate brain damage caused by alcohol poisoning.

How to Appear Sober

There isn’t much you can do to speed up the sobering process. However, some tips can help you appear sober:

1. Sit Down

Standing up and swaying is a sign that you’re not sober. When you’re sitting down, you can keep your balance. If you can’t sit down, hold on to something. This will offer you support and prevent you from falling. 

2. Speak Slowly and Limit Your Words

Speaking too fast when you’re not sober can result in slurred speech. Talking too much can also lead to discussing complex or emotional topics. These topics can be difficult for someone who isn’t sober, so it’s best to limit your words.   

3. Spray Perfume or Eat Strong-Scented Food

Alcohol’s scent can be a telltale sign that you’re not sober. Spraying perfume will help hide alcohol's scent. You can also eat strong-scented food like mints, garlic, or curry.

4. Fix Your Appearance

Being drunk or high can affect your appearance. Your hair can get messy, your clothes can get dirty, or your makeup can smudge. Looking at the mirror and fixing yourself will help you appear sober. 

How to Sober Up Permanently (Addiction Treatment)

Drug and alcohol addiction can be treated. However, it is not simple. Addiction is a chronic illness, so people cannot stop using drugs for a couple of days and expect to be cured.

Most patients require long-term or repeated care to recover their lives and maintain sobriety. 

Here are some common treatments for alcohol and drug addiction:

Detox

Detox is the first step in the process of sobriety. Detox helps patients manage withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. 

Almost all patients require further treatment following detox. Patients who do not receive any additional treatment after detox usually relapse.

The most effective types of addiction treatment include:

Inpatient Programs 

Inpatient treatment takes place at a licensed residential treatment center. These programs provide 24/7 comprehensive, structured care. 

You'll live in safe, substance-free housing and have access to professional medical monitoring.

The first step of an inpatient program is detoxification. Then behavioral therapy and other services are introduced. These programs typically last 30, 60, or 90 days, sometimes longer.

Most programs help set up your aftercare once you complete the inpatient portion of your treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) 

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are sometimes referred to as intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). Compared to inpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs provide similar services. 

These include medical services, behavioral therapy, support groups, and customized therapies. However, in a PHP, you return home to sleep.

Some services provide food and transportation, but these vary by program. PHPs accept new patients and those who have completed an inpatient program and still need intensive treatment.

Outpatient Programs 

Outpatient treatment is less intensive than inpatient or partial hospitalization programs. These programs organize your treatment session based on your schedule.

The goal of outpatient treatment is to provide therapy, education, and support in a flexible environment.

They are best for people who have a high motivation to recover and cannot leave their responsibilities at home, work, or school.

Outpatient programs are often part of aftercare programs once you complete an inpatient or partial hospitalization program.

Support Groups 

Support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery are open to anyone with a substance abuse problem. They are peer-led organizations dedicated to helping each other remain sober. They can be the first step towards recovery or part of a long-term aftercare plan.

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