You made the decision to stop your drug and alcohol abuse and you went to detox and rehab and now you are struggling with after drug and alcohol cravings. Trying to cope with the cravings can be difficult. It may seem that cravings are increased when you are bored, depressed, anxious or troubled. You may find that as you look for non drug and alcohol ways to regain that sense of euphoria, the cravings are increased. Don’t give up! The cravings are normal and there are way to deal with the cravings and the temptations that the cravings bring.
Cravings Are Going to Be There
Individuals who at one time struggled with drug and alcohol addiction will struggle with cravings at some point after their addiction. Cravings are normal and they may range in severity from mild to what seems like unbearable urges. The cravings will pass over time, the problem is finding the method that works for you to stick it out. When you first begin your road to recovery, perhaps right after detox or when you first begin rehab treatment, your cravings may be intense. Developing a plan to deal with the cravings as they present is a good strategy. Over time the cravings will decrease in intensity and they will be manageable.
How to Cope with the Cravings
Many individuals who have the cravings or urges to use alcohol and drugs may be tempted to return to the old way of thinking and return to use. Many may consider that just one time to make the urge go away will not hurt, but this is a dangerous way to think and can be devastating to your recovery. Establishing a way to resist the cravings is one way to cope with the cravings. 1. When cravings present, do not give them your attention. Put off addressing the cravings. Deny the craving and it should pass within 15 minutes. If it does not pass, then the stimulus is still there, but that does not mean that you have to respond. The important thing is to not give in and the craving will pass. 2. Avoid the situation by changing your environment. This may mean finding new places to spend your free time and even making new friends that do not engage in alcohol or drug use. Whatever you have to do to prevent the cravings and falling back into the same destructive behavior. Getting rid of the stimulus that causes the craving, will give you something different to think about. 3. The reality is that everyone goes through cravings and the cravings will pass. Keep your mind focused on the reality and as cravings occur, just tell yourself it will pass. 4. When a particular method works to relieve cravings, use it time and again to avoid future cravings. If taking a walk or listening to music or working a crossword puzzle worked in the past to dissolve cravings, make that your go to activity when the cravings return. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from substance abuse and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.