Fed up with those nagging cravings?
Everyone who has battled with addiction at one point in their life knows that no matter how much time they spend sober, their addiction will always try to come back, and this will cause them to get regular strong cravings. After realizing the negative effects of substance abuse on their life and the lives of people they love, it is only wise to make a decision not to ever succumb to the nagging cravings. So, if you recently got over your addiction and sometimes get a strong urge to use the substance again, know that this is absolutely normal and you’re not alone.
Here are some tips that will help you deal with nagging cravings to avoid falling back into addiction.
Be At Ease
Whenever you get strong cravings to use the substance you were once addicted to, you will find yourself remembering how damaging the addiction was to you. This may cause you to panic because you fear that you are not in control, this will only make matters worse. Accept the urges for what they are – urges, cravings. Try to remain calm, I know that this is hard but you can do this if you let go and stop trying to struggle with the urges. Allow yourself to feel the cravings, meditating will help during this time. Don’t panic!
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”; this statement becomes truer when you get nagging cravings. So, if your cravings come at a time that you’re alone, being alone will make it more powerful. Try to distract yourself with fun things that you like such as watching a movie, playing games, reading, listening to songs etc. Or you can do therapeutic practices such as cleaning – do the laundry, wash your dirty dishes, declutter your old shelf, etc.
Being with friends and family members who are using the substance you were once addicted to, let’s say alcohol, can cause you to get cravings. In this case, take a walk when the urge gets too strong, by the time you come back, the tension would have reduced and they may have stopped drinking alcohol.
Note Down The Things You’re Grateful For
Remind yourself of how much improvement you have achieved since you became sober. Do this anytime you get the nagging craves, note them down. Make a list of everything you are grateful for, your health, your finances, your friends, family, work and the list can go on. This is like a reminder that puts you in check to make sure you don’t forget the potential negative impact the cravings carry with them. This is to make sure that you don’t give in to the nagging cravings.
No matter how strong your cravings are right now, I want you to know that they will become weaker as time goes on. You will eventually become strong enough to suppress them without doing too much. More importantly, I am happy to work with you on your journey to full recovery.
Reach out to me today to book a free consultation, learn how to deal with your nagging cravings better and start enjoying a better you.