Dealing with Cravings for Alcohol and Triggers

Dealing with Cravings for Alcohol and Triggers


It’s well known that the desire for alcohol is most intense in the first month after you quit. If you’re taking a good treatment for alcohol dependency, then it should have prepared you for this and given you the coping skills that you need. There are specific situations that can trigger a relapse into alcohol dependency, and you need to be aware of these situations before they arise and also understand how to deal with them.


There is such a thing as unnecessary temptation, and if you minimize temptation and develop strategies for dealing with the temptation if it does arise, you’ll find that there is a far smaller chance that you will relapse into alcohol dependency. The first thing you need to do is you need to change your pattern of habits. Obviously, as an alcoholic, there were certain places you visited and certain people you met that almost certainly led to a drink. You need to go through your day and identify at what point you used to drink, at what place you used to drink, or if you would meet friends at a certain place and then almost automatically go to a bar.


You need to completely change your pattern of living if you want to quit being dependent on alcohol. Generally speaking, your drinking buddies will rarely be supportive, and painful as it might be, you might find it necessary to quit your association with these people.


You can of course try to get them involved in a different range of interests instead of heading down to the nearest bar. You could go bowling, or you could take up some sport together – almost anything would do, depending upon how close they are to you and how much they’re willing to do for you. But if you find that they are not being at all supportive, then it’s better to give them up.


Another thing would be a club or a place where you meet people and where the atmosphere naturally induces you to drink. Well, obviously you need to avoid such places. You need to avoid contact with the entire background that leads to alcohol consumption.


If you suddenly do feel a craving for alcohol, there are things that you can do. Firstly, you should inform your family and friends and ask them to help you, so when the craving does arise you can go to the nearest family member or friend and just talk about your craving, and have them help you deal with it.


Another thing that you can do is to distract yourself. The mind is a curious thing: if you distract it, it soon loses its focus on one object and focuses upon another. You can get involved with some interest, or you can listen to music, or you could clean the house, or you could meet some non-alcoholic friend. Do just about anything that will engross your mind completely and leave you no time to think about alcohol.


Another thing that you can do when the craving arises is to remind yourself about the reasons you quit drinking alcohol and all the benefits that not drinking brings to your life.


There are all sorts of other strategies that you can use to cope with the urge when it arises, and almost any support group will key you into them. You need to experiment with these strategies in the early stages of reducing your alcohol dependency and see what works best for you, and then use it when the urge arises.

Dealing with Cravings for Alcohol and Triggers