What you believe affects what you want. Even more so, what you do affects what you want. When what you want is out of reach, you actually want it less. By taking simple actions, many of them seem irrelevant, can affect your cravings. Removing access to the object of craving is, of course, critical, especially early on in your process. What you believe about your cravings can also predict whether you will act on them. Your own interpretation is what matters the most.

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You just have to be very clear about your urges and cravings, and keep giving yourself positive messages that this is not going to last forever. It is just a matter of minutes. Always try to learn something new about your cravings, better the understanding will be, better you will be able to manage them. Problem occurs when people start undermining their cravings, for them it’s just a thought, but in actual it is something more than a thought.

Although cravings are time limited, it is important to equip the person with the skills he/she needs to endure their cravings. This is especially true, given that sometimes, cravings cannot be avoided. It goes without saying that success in recovery relies on the ability to manage cravings and urges.

Drugs and alcohol target the parts of the brain that are involved in learning, memory, reward and emotional regulation. In order to survive as a species, we have to learn and remember what is good for us and what is dangerous. In active addiction, we do engage ourselves in self defeating behaviors, so now if you are fighting with addiction and hoping for the solid recovery, you have to work on every dimension of your life.

Fareeha Naz, Clinical Psychologist

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