Drug Addiction – Triggers and Craving


 

Drug Addiction – Triggers and Craving – Drug addiction develops over time from prolonged substance use which typically occurs in various places and with different people. When a person decides to cut down or quit their use it’s important in drug treatment therapy to recognize the barriers and triggers for managing drug craving. This will help a person successfully manage the cravings and avoid drug relapse. www.oaTherapyChicago.com

 

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5 Responses to Drug Addiction – Triggers and Craving

  • OpenAvenue says:

    Thank you for sharing. Meth addiction is no joke! (especially when the drug is injected). I appreciate your humility (the essence of taking a stance of “powerlessness”) and deep understanding of the recovery process. …Out of curiosity, have you reconditioned? your mind/body to the point that “thinking before acting” is automatic? Or does it still take a little time for your thoughts to catch up with temptation/craving before they are subdued?

  • gothichost says:

    Analogy: an addict fresh in recovery is driving through a neighborhood where he used to make frequent visits to score his d.o.c. The moment he turns into that neighborhood, it makes his heart rate, sweat profusely, and? his mind wanders, thinking about his d.o.c. He associates that area with using. Reassociate ‘whatever’ with something unrelated to your using and it will free and addict of those triggers and temptations.

  • gothichost says:

    I know this from experience as I have this connection with this horrible brain disease. The root of the problem is powerlessness. Why are addicts powerless over their addiction? Because they fail to see the underlying issues of their obsessive, compulsive behaviors stemmed from their subconscious. In essence, we act before we think. Recovery in part, is about changing everything about the way you think, act, and feel.?

  • gothichost says:

    On the contrary….please read comments again. I chose my words carefully as to not to make any attempt at causing the reader to think of some hidden meaning. Both cravings and temptations are? merely behaviors rooted on the subconscious level. I am a recovered meth addict. I have dealt with the disease of addiction since I was 12.
    BOTH cravings and temptations have physical manifestations as you like to put it. However you can not have a physical craving without having used first….

  • OpenAvenue says:

    I’m a professional drug counselor and I teach chemical dependency courses at DePaul University. I appreciate your comments. It seems? you are suggesting that “temptation” exists merely on the unconscious to conscious level of thoughts with NO physical manifestations being exhibited while a “craving” has clear physical presence (e.g. increased heart rate, sweating, etc). Is that correct?

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