For someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol, there is an urgency to curb cravings. With no cure for addiction readily available, the cravings become an obsession that becomes part of a person’s subconsciousness. When you are feeling happy, you want to use and drink to celebrate. When you are angry, drugs and alcohol become the antidote to calm down.
Using drugs and alcohol becomes the normal day-to-day coping mechanisms to self-regulate emotions, withdrawal, and life in general. Instead of giving in to your cravings, you can use recovery tools to alleviate them when they continue to come about.
Attend a Recovery Meeting
To get your mind off drugs and alcohol, going to a meeting will always save the day. Being around people who can talk you out of what you are thinking can give you a better direction than just going to get loaded.
Remember the Consequences
Your past is your greatest asset because if you remember what you are capable of, you may stop yourself before you even start. Recalling the times you went to jail, the hospital, or hurt someone you love can get you to focus back on what is really important, which is your recovery.
Use Mindfulness to Break the Cycle
Nothing will help more during the insanity of wanting to use or drink than taking a mental break. You can use mindfulness and breathing to get you back on track in your recovery. The obsession to drink and use can be a fleeting thought if you train yourself to use your recovery tools during any strange mental blank spots.
Part of curbing cravings distracts you from wanting drugs and alcohol and then allowing yourself to understand these desires when they show up. History tends to repeat itself, although you can make a difference in how you deal with your cravings ongoing. Your cravings do not have to rule your life; you just have to put the effort in to make the necessary changes that are suggested in recovery.
Cravings will be a part of your recovery, and Valiant Living can give you ways to combat your urges with drugs and alcohol. Through evidence-based therapy options and the endless adventure of Colorado, Valiant fosters connection, encouraging clients to get connected to themselves, their peers, their families, and their higher power. With the power of recovery, clients are restored to full health and experience life-changing healing. Call us today to get started: 303-536-5463