Quitting alcohol takes a lot of work, and cravings make it that much more difficult. You already took the biggest step, which is deciding to quit. Now is the time to find the resources you need to keep going.
If you’re starting this journey, or coming back from a relapse, being ready to face cravings and withdrawal makes a big difference.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 90% of people with an alcohol use disorder relapse within 4 years after completing treatment. But there are many things you can do to beat the odds.1
Follow these tips to help you reduce alcohol cravings:
1. Know What Triggers You
Identifying what triggers your urge to drink is key to avoiding a relapse. There can be many triggers (thoughts, places, smells, certain flavors, people, emotional distress, feelings, etc.), but once you identify them, you take control again and reducing cravings gets easier.
Whether it’s a certain smell or driving by your favorite bar, it’s important to identify patterns and avoid them. Every time you feel a craving coming, recognize your environment and what’s triggering you, and write it down.
You will learn why cravings creep up on you and how to cope with them. If you recently decided to quit alcohol, avoiding triggers makes it easier to avoid and reduce alcohol cravings.
Keep a safe distance from anything triggering your need for a drink.
2. Keep Your Schedule Full
Cravings are an inevitable part of quitting alcohol, but keeping a busy schedule helps to reduce them. And now that you’re done with booze, you have more time for new activities. Find a new hobby and make time for it every day. After all, a busy mind doesn’t have time for cravings.
There are endless options for new hobbies: hiking, painting, dancing, working out, knitting, writing, gardening, etc. Anything you enjoy doing works, even if you have never done it before— now is the time to learn.
3. Recognize Relapse Warning Signs
Relapse comes with a warning, and once you learn to identify not only your triggers, but signs of relapse, preventing it becomes easier.
These are a few signs that a relapse might be waiting around the corner:
- Going back to harmful thinking patterns related to your addiction
- Romanticizing your addiction or past behaviors
- Engaging in compulsive or self-destructive behaviors
- Engaging in situations involving people linked to your addiction, like old drinking buddies or going to bars frequently
- Your thoughts are becoming less rational, and your behavior is less responsible
- Avoiding therapy sessions or refusing to listen to advice from people trying to help you
- Trying to convince yourself that “having one or two drinks is okay”
It’s possible that not all signs apply to you, but keep an eye on your thoughts and behaviors. Learning to recognize your own signs of relapse is a major step toward staying sober.
4. Remember Your Goals
Cravings are hard to overcome, and they can strike anytime, anywhere. But it’s important to remember that they usually only last for 15-20 minutes. And as time goes by, they become less and less frequent. Just keep strong for those 20 minutes and remember why you started this journey.
A good way to reduce alcohol cravings and find strength in hard times is to keep a journal. Write down your goals, why you started this journey, and where you want to be. And when the urges strike, open the journal and remind yourself of those goals. Keep in mind all the effort you have already put into this, and, most importantly, don’t give in.
5. Find The Right Medication For You
If you feel like your cravings are taking the driver’s seat, there is medication available to help you reduce alcohol cravings and withdrawal.
Talk to your healthcare provider and ask for medication to help you overcome withdrawal and cravings. If you want to learn more about medication to reduce alcohol cravings, click here.
6. Drink Sobrietea
Do you need extra physical and mental support to reduce and overcome alcohol cravings? Sobrietea is a perfect blend of organic herbs crafted to help you fight and beat cravings and withdrawal.
Sobrietea supports your sober journey in many ways:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Controls withdrawal symptoms
- Reduces alcohol cravings
- Offers extra support to your liver
- Contains ashwagandha root and adaptogen, which helps your body cope with stress
- Soothes gastrointestinal problems
To top if off, Sobrietea comes in a refreshing mint-lemon flavor you’ll love.
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