Experiencing a euphoric sensation without drugs can be a challenging and confusing experience for some. However, there are many reasons that feeling high can occur when a person is not under the influence of substances. Some of the most common causes include drug addiction, neurotransmitter imbalances, stress and cravings, and environmental triggers. While some of these causes can be difficult to manage, understanding and navigating them can help people feel in control.
Activities that increase a person’s natural reserves of feel-good chemicals like dopamine can be used to create a natural high. These experiences can be as simple as a great workout, laughing with friends, or a nice warm shower. They don’t have the negative side effects that come with using drugs to achieve a high. Practicing self-care, getting adequate sleep, and staying connected to meaningful others are also great ways to boost the brain’s natural pleasure centers.
Other causes of feeling high when sober include having a high sensitivity to certain stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. It can also be a sign of dehydration, which can cause dizziness and anxiety. In addition, some supplements can also make you feel high if taken in excess and without consulting an expert.
Practicing healthy habits, staying away from drugs and alcohol, and seeking professional help are effective strategies to avoid feeling high when sober. A therapist who specializes in addiction or mental health can provide insight, evaluation, and guidance tailored to your specific needs, helping you navigate these non-drug induced highs.