10 Ways to Resist a Craving to Lortab

10 Ways to Resist a Craving to LortabResisting drug cravings is essential to recovery, and it is the only way to achieve long-term sobriety. Learning coping strategies during rehab is a big step in the right direction, but it can be difficult to employ them on a regular basis after treatment ends. Prepare an arsenal of strategies to stay clean; in fact use the following 10 suggestions to stay clean from drugs:

  • Delay—Cravings and urges disappear over time if you can resist them. Most cravings pass in about 10 to 15 minutes, unless the drug you crave is near you. If you and your family have done your due diligence and rid the living space of all drugs and drug paraphernalia, then you probably have no access to what you crave. However, if Lortab is still in your house, then it will be more difficult to overcome the craving.
  • Escape—If you experience intense cravings, then change your location. Get out of the space that ­provokes your cravings by taking a drive, meeting a friend for coffee or going out of the house for a few minutes. Focus on other stimuli to get your attention off the drug.
  • Substitute your craving with a thought or action that is more rewarding. Send your focus away from the drug and onto something that brings you pleasure
  • Accept the fact that cravings are a normal part of the recovery process, so stop feeling guilty for having them. If you accept that cravings are a part of your life and deal with them in appropriate ways, then they will become easier to resist.
  • Meditate – You can move from anxiety to peace if you focus your energy through meditation. Drug cravings are typically associated with heightened stress, but meditation sends the mind away from cravings too a place where you do not need Lortab.
  • Walk – Physical activity can produce the same reward as drug abuse. Take a walk to increase blood flow to the brain, which will make it easier to concentrate on what is good for you.
  • Talk to a trusted friend, accountability partner or support group to manage your Lortab cravings until they pass. As mentioned, most cravings have a short life span, about 10 to 15 minutes. Talking about bad cravings helps you stay on track.
  • Express – It can be frustrating to deal with cravings, so express your intense feelings through creative outlets. Dance, paint, draw, write, knit or find some other creative pastime to focus on beating your craving.
  • Take a bath or shower – Sometimes the best way to resist cravings is to find a place of warmth and relaxation. Take a shower or bath to relax the muscles and to create a sense of wellbeing. Cravings cannot survive a healthy, stress-reducing environment.
  • Eat a healthy meal or snack – Drug cravings may signal imbalance and physical problems can be met through healthy snacks or meal. Resist high sugar, fatty foods and caffeine, as they can create other health issues. A healthy snack or meal might be just what you need to address your craving.

In other words, you can stay clean from drugs if you have a plan before cravings strike.

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