Understand the true nature of your cravings for alcohol or drugs

Managing substance use

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This short video explains how cravings change over time, including:

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This tool can help you:

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This short video explains how cravings change over time, including:

checkmarkWhat to expect from your cravings
checkmarkHow cravings change over time

This tool can help you:

checkmarkManage cravings
checkmarkRemember that cravings aren't forever

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Understanding my cravings and urges

It’s very common to experience cravings when we first quit. And this is because cravings can be triggered by particular places, people, music, sights or smells.

Although cravings are just our body’s way of telling us we’re withdrawing or detoxing, they can be really uncomfortable. And this can lead to powerful urges to lapse to relieve our distress.

What can be frightening is the idea that once we quit, our cravings and urges might go on and on. Or that we may never be able to feel ‘right’ or ‘normal’ again. And we may fear that our cravings and urges will stay very intense, like they might be when we first stop.

But none of this is true. In reality, we may get cravings and urges quite often at first. But they’ll feel like waves that come and go. And as long as we don’t give in to them by lapsing, we’ll find that after a while they’ll start to become less and less intense, until eventually they fade away completely. And the time that passes between them will get longer and longer, until eventually we realize they’re happening only rarely or not at all.

But every time we succumb to our cravings and urges by lapsing, all we’re doing is setting up our next craving and the urges that tend to follow. And this is what can keep us locked in the trap of dependence – not to give us pleasure, but just to relieve our distress.

So we need to learn to ride out our cravings and urges by surfing them, especially in the early stages after we first quit. We need to remember that every time we overcome our cravings by riding them out rather than giving into them, they’ll become weaker and we’ll become stronger.

Until eventually they’ll lose all their power. And they’ll no longer have any impact on us. Because we’ll have conquered them and escaped the dependence trap once and for all!

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