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Addiction Cravings Can Be Hard to Avoid

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With every aspect of substance abuse: if we are able to better understand them, then we have a better chance of helping those who need it. In this case, addiction cravings is the item in question, and the point of focus is the contention that they have a “distinct timetable” which would help people to better combat these impulses.

How Your Thoughts Feed in to Addiction Cravings

Everyone faces cravings at some point or another, though they’re obviously not always substance-related. You could give in to a number of impulses, and though they’re likely not good for you, they won’t necessarily result in the kind of devastation that an addiction would bring. Understanding how these desires come about is a key piece of helping the patient to avoid giving in to them, and that would be made easier if there were more warning/indication of when they might arise.

Luckily, perhaps, there are a lot of studies done on this very subject. People are introduced to “cues” in their lives which often trigger the threat of relapses. Whether they visit locations that used to provide the drug or spend time with people that they used to drink with, these cues are often enormous triggers for a boom in cravings for that substance. Conversely, then, “craving in the absence of cues decreases much more quickly, often beginning almost immediately after quitting.”

Unfortunately, though, those cues can be present in a lot of places and can be varied in the form that they take. Whether it’s “a clock, the TV, a neon sign,” or just about anything else, whatever you previously associated with drinking or drug use is likely to produce addiction cravings even if you’ve worked through recovery. Your brain has just been wired that way and it takes some time to even begin to change it. Even more unfortunately, human brains often work against us, filling our minds with thoughts like “I can’t live without it” or more even as we’re trying to better ourselves. “One thought leads to another leads to another, and these thoughts fill your head… That’s rumination — the pathway to craving.”

As a result, you have to produce thoughts and actions to replace the ones that used to ‘live’ there. Otherwise, it will be difficult to ignore the empty space that seems to exist in their absence. It’s likely too difficult to outright avoid all possible cues, since they’re probably in places that you still frequent (like home or work), which is why it’s absolutely critical that you get help in adjusting how you think. Changing your thought patterns will allow for a smoother recovery in the long run, but it will also help you to more easily turn away from possible instances of relapse.

It isn’t easy to take on all by yourself, but there are a few things that you can start doing now in order to make it easier a tiny bit at a time. For example, try to redirect these thought as soon as you notice them, rather than allowing them to continue for any amount of time. Also, make sure to keep a busy schedule full of things that hold your attention, if you can, so that you are engaged and interested rather than doing something that allows your thoughts to drift.

If you want professional help in overcoming addiction cravings, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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