Dealing with Cravings During Recovery

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Published Mar 11, 2020
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Dealing With Cravings During Recovery

Dealing with cravings is a normal part of recovery. Over time, you’ll recognize these cravings more readily and easily overcome them. Initially, however, it can be frightening to cope with a craving. That doesn’t mean you need to act upon every craving, though.

Situations that lead to cravings

Cravings are generally more intense when you first begin the road to recovery such as right after detox and treatment. Developing a plan to deal with the urges as they appear is a good strategy. Overtime they will decrease in intensity and be more manageable.

You may notice that cravings increase when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Just like any other uncomfortable emotion, these heightened states can lead to reaching for substances to cope or numb out.

It is entirely possible to resist cravings.Try to remember that they will pass over time and commit to find effective ways to overcome those temptations.

Top tips for overcoming cravings

  • Resist the urge: When cravings occur, don’t make them the focus of your attention. Cravings usually pass within 15 minutes.
  • Create a new environment, make new friends, and find new hobbies and interests. Changing your environment will go a long way in avoiding situations that may lead to intense cravings. It may mean that you will need to find healthier ways and places to spend your time. You may need to find a new circle of friends that do not engage in drug use. If you eliminate the stimulus that leads to the desire to do drugs and/or drink, then you will reduce the risk of cravings and returning to use.
  • Find ways to self-soothe: When you notice a craving, explore new ways to relieve them, such as listening to music, taking a walk, playing a game, talking to a friend, taking a yoga class, or meditating.

Last, practice. It takes time to learn a new habit or behavior so keep trying new and effective ways to overcome cravings and you’ll be on your way to long-term sobriety.

If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Medical Detox Centers can help. Using a proprietary method, we offer a safer, comfortable, and more effective method for detox from substance use. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 866-842-9379, to see if our treatment program is right for you.