Cravings, what does it mean?
It is a strong psychological urge to return to the drug of choice.
Facts About Craving
- They are a normal part of early recovery
- They start, rise, peak and fall
- The whole process lasts for about 15– 20 minutes
- Craving does not mean you are relapsing, it is part of the process
- After about 2 years of not giving in, it will disappear.
Coping with Cravings
- The Rubber Band Snap Technique
Put a normal rubber band on your wrist and snap it anytime you have a craving and recite encouraging words to yourself. This can be practiced anywhere.
- The Journaling Technique
This technique requires a notepad and a pen, which will be used to record your thoughts and feelings during cravings.
This is a good way to step back and think about what is going on in the mind and body.
In the absence of a notepad, a phone or laptop can be used.
- The Gratitude Listing Technique
This is about listing all the things in your life that you are grateful for. Forget about any negative feelings and events happening in the moment.
This is a powerful way to appreciate all the good things you have, despite your cravings.
- The Meditation Technique
Listen to meditation tapes to help you relax and get through the ‘ride’. The ‘Abide Christian Meditation App’ is highly recommended.
- The Imagery Technique
Imagine yourself in a place where there are no drugs, no cravings; your happy place and go there in your mind.