Developing a plan
Coping with cravings
Learning to manage cravings - urges and temptations to use
– is an important part of reaching goals of reducing
use or abstinence. Reducing Tina use is likely to generate
carvings especially in high risk situations. Cravings are
part of withdrawal and are also commonly experienced when
reducing drug use. Indulging in cravings can begin the cycle
of slips and relapses that we are trying to change.
Users and ex-users are able to learn how to manage cravings.
You can too. It takes practice and commitment. We are building
new pathways in our brain and time and experience are required
to do this.
Users often find it helpful to remember some truths about
cravings. Not all cravings are equal. Cravings occur on a
continuum from mild to severe. Mild cravings might be fleeting
thoughts. Severe cravings can be extremely strong urges that
seem to engulf us. This too shall pass. Cravings do not last
forever and most users find that they decrease in number and
strength over time.
By thinking about cravings and how we can better manage them
while we are sober, we can empower ourselves to avoid indulging
them when they do occur. Most people already do things to
manage their cravings. Acknowledge these things and think
about them. Figuring out what things work and what things
don’t work so well can help us achieve our goals faster.