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How to Cope with Cravings in Addiction Recovery

by on Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Coping

Cravings are a common part of the recovery process when healing from drug or alcohol addiction. These can be intense and may even lead to relapse. Knowing how to cope with and resist cravings will help you maintain your sobriety and help prevent relapse. 

Identify Your Triggers

First and foremost, you need to identify your triggers. Triggers are what remind you of drug or alcohol use and cause the cravings. When you come into contact with a trigger, document it. Knowing what causes you to have cravings allows you to prepare for when they do appear. Creating a plan to use relapse prevention strategies when you come across these triggers will help you tremendously.

Exercise

Exercise is a great way to distract yourself from addiction cravings. It not only fills your free time, but it causes your brain to release endorphins that boost your mood and reduce cravings. 

Talk to Someone

Suppressing your cravings may only intensify them – by trying not to think about them, your brain will begin to obsess. Talking to a trusted friend or your sponsor can help you eliminate the feelings and move through them. Call someone to talk about your urges and work through them together.

Have a Plan

If you come into contact with one of your triggers, have a plan to overcome it. This can include prevention strategies that you have discussed in treatment, as these will be most beneficial for overcoming the cravings. It may help make a list and carry it with you or on your phone to remember your plan. It is better to be safe than sorry – remember to keep your sobriety your top priority.

At Restorations Therapy, we want you to be prepared in dealing with various cravings and urges in your recovery journey. Everyone experiences these feelings, but how you handle them is what matters. There are many solutions to help you overcome cravings, such as exercising, talking to someone, identifying your triggers, and having a prevention plan to cope with them. We understand how difficult it can be to resist triggers, which is why we are here to help you come up with methods tailored to your personal recovery. Our staff has the proper experience to help you and come up with ways to stay healthy. Remember that you always have us to lean on for support. Together we can encourage you and prepare you for when cravings arise. Call today for advice and guidance concerning cravings. You can reach us at (720) 446-6585. 

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