Curious if anyone has noticed a correlation between addiction recovery and CFS. In tracking through my medical history, the onset of my CFS occurred just weeks after my first day of sobriety. I had used alcohol heavily for years, primarily to "self-medicate" - I didn't think I was strong enough to face life without it, that the world was just too harsh a place for me without something to soften the blows. I have been sober just over a year now. That's a year of actually FEELING my feelings and dealing with them rather than drowning them. Part of me wonders if the sudden surge of emotions rushing to the surface didn't play a role in short circuiting my system? Please don't get me wrong - I am not suggesting that the alcohol somehow prevented me from becoming sick sooner. It undoubtedly damaged my physical health and severely retarded my emotional growth, leaving me with a giant pile of catch up work. And as brutal as CFS is, addiction - for me at least - was exponentially worse. It may take me a little longer to get to the mirror now, but when I finally make it there, I'm happy with the person I see I'm interested in anyone's thoughts or experiences on CFS and addiction and sobriety, and the relationships that may or may not exist. Have a brilliant day!