Cravings are an incredibly common experience for those recovering from addiction, no matter how long they’ve been in recovery; fortunately, they do fade away the longer a person is sober. Throughout the first year of recovery, cravings can reach their peak intensity – and if a person isn’t careful, they may find that relapse takes them a few steps backwards in their recovery journey. In 2017, the U.S. News explained that because of the tight pull that addiction can have on crucial areas of the brain, such as those responsible for executive functioning, relapse is more common that not – and it’s something that a person can work through.

Relapse is considered a fairly normal process of recovery, despite what many people believe; [the National Institute…fact]. Cravings aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can lead a person into a negative cycle of behavior if they aren’t handled appropriately. There are a number of reasons why cravings may arise:

  •    Emotions – feeling angry, sad, overconfident, depressed, anxious and more
  •    Environment – being around other people who are using substances
  •    Thoughts – thinking about using again, being overly negative with oneself, etc.
  •    People – surrounding oneself with people whom a person used to abuse substances with
  •    Physical – the body experience intense urges to use again, or withdrawal symptoms (such as shakiness, headaches, irritability and more) can make substance use seem more bearable

Thankfully, formal treatment is about helping a person develop the tools they need to overcome moments when cravings arise – so that they can become stronger and avoid falling back into the path of addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that relapse can often provide insight into what needs to be reinforced or changed in treatment; if those in recovery can view relapse as a learning opportunity, they’ll increase their chances for success in recovery overall.

If you’re ready to begin working towards your mental, physical and spiritual health, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. You’re not alone – and there are a number of effective interventions that can help you fight this disease.

If you’re ready to begin taking great strides towards your health and wellbeing, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Mental illness should be taken seriously and, if not treated early on, more severe conditions can arise. The best way to promote happiness and health is to seek help – and to begin using effective interventions for treating the problematic symptoms a person is experiencing. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Please call Alta Loma today – and you’ll be surrounded by a healthcare team who truly cares about your recovery. 866-457-3843