When faced with cravings for using substances we have been addicted to there are multiple difficulties and considerations to ponder. Personally I…

When faced with cravings for using substances we have been addicted to there are multiple difficulties and considerations to ponder. Personally I experience cravings almost every day for substances which I used to use daily. One technique is called urge surfing. This involves holding on to yourself during the urge by doing something very consuming so as to distract yourself somewhat. This can be a constructive writing project, talking with someone about the craving, or even a video game can help. Any option you choose this is not an easy task but try not to focus on not thinking about the craving because I find that this makes you just think about it all the more. Instead, try thinking about why you stopped or want to stop. Think of the rewards to yourself and others and the consequences of relapsing. Quitting addictions is no one time thing and requires constant upkeep and remediation. Another major tip I have for all of you out there struggling with this issue is that you cannot beat yourself up for relapsing because this will only make the want to relapse again even stronger. Instead look at the negative consequences that happened and find ways to make amends in the present and prevent the situation from happening again. I myself relapsed several times and by constantly nagging myself and degrading myself for doing it caused panic attacks while relapsing, more pain afterward, and made me lose sight of the greatness in my life.
– Kevin

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