Making the decision to quit drinking is a milestone and a decision that not many people are able to make. It will be a difficult and long journey, but there are many ways to reach success on your road to recovery. One of the biggest challenges for people that are overcoming alcohol addiction is having to deal with cravings. Here are a few ways to help you deal with your cravings on your path to recovery.
Alter Your Thinking And Focus
Quitting any bad habits and addictions is a decision that is dependent on your desire to quit and change. That is going to occur psychologically, as you have to make the decision to change. If you find that you start to crave alcohol and want to start drinking again, you need to remind yourself of the reasons you are choosing to change and quit the habit, as well as it requires you to mentally commit to the process. It will be difficult, but if you can overcome the mental obstacles, and be able to focus your thoughts and reasoning, it will be easier. Granted it will still be a difficult journey, but understanding that you have control over your drinking is going to make it more possible to overcome the struggle.
Communication And Talking
When you begin to have cravings to return to drinking and the habits that you committed to quitting, it is important to reach out to your support team and those around you that are open and willing to help. Talking about your struggles and putting those thoughts and difficulties out in the open can create an environment that is conducive to stop drinking and staying sober. Part of the communication should also incorporate learning and speaking to those with knowledge and experience with your trouble.
Being able to let out your frustrations, your emotional struggles, and feelings, especially with professional support systems, will all be ways that you can address your cravings. Having others that better understand what you are going through, and that can advise you as well as physically be there for you will improve your psychological and emotional state, with more positive feelings that people are there to support you.
One way to deal with cravings is through distractions. Taking your mind off of the feelings you are having and the desire to relapse can be helpful and keep you away from your vices. Distractions will come in many forms and it is up to you to decide what works best. These distractions can come in the form of work that forces you to focus on more productive habits with physical rewards and financial benefits, to entertainment like games, movies, and television. Having these distractions to keep your mind and body preoccupied will prevent you from thinking about your cravings and focus on other things.
In order to avoid cravings, it is important to remove the presence of any temptation from your surroundings. This can include several changes, from physically changing your environment, removing alcohol and similar temptations that are conducive or supportive to your drinking from your home, to changing your lifestyle. Going out to bars, clubs, and parties with friends is not a good idea for any recovering alcoholic.
The right support system should understand your reasoning and not be putting you in the place of temptation either. If people are contributing to the toxic behaviors you are trying to change, you should avoid them as well. These can be temporary changes, but if they are not supporting you, this might be something to consider in a more permanent form.
There are different drugs and medications that can support your desire to quit drinking. These drugs are meant to deter you from wanting to drink, making you sick if you do drink because they break down the alcohol you put in your body differently. This nausea will then occur immediately and you will associate alcohol with these negative feelings. There will always be side effects to worry about when introducing more and new substances to your body, so it is crucial that you speak to a doctor or medical professional to see if medication is a possibility for your needs. Substance abuse should be prioritizing other methods to cut down your usage, and not make you dependent on other substances.
Remember that you are not alone in your journey. It may be difficult but you can always reach out to others with more knowledge, or even simply having understanding for you. Take it slowly and one day at a time, and eventually, you will see the success you are reaching for.