Alcohol cravings can be a difficult part of early sobriety. No matter how sincerely we have sworn alcohol off, cravings may still creep up and frustrate us. This is perfectly normal, and not necessarily a sign that we are doing anything wrong. And while alcohol cravings can certainly be tough, the good news is there are countless tricks to help us deal with them!
Here we go over some of our favorite tricks to deal with alcohol cravings.
An old trick for getting rid of alcohol cravings is to always have candy or sweets on hand. There is actually a reason sweets work so well. Studies have shown that both substances work on similar neurobiological pathways in the brain. (1)
Calling someone in your support group
Obsessing over a drink often times will linger with us until we do something about them. We are often shocked at how simply calling our sponsors or someone in our support group will get rid of them.
Physical activity is an excellent way to distract the mind from an alcoholic obsession. Exercise also releases endorphins, which can provide a natural way to fend off the craving. (2)
Meditation is the practice of using certain techniques to obtain an emotionally calm state with a clear mind. Studies have demonstrated that meditation can help stop an alcohol craving in its tracks. (3)
Boredom is one of the most common cited triggers for those in early sobriety. It is therefore a good idea to attempt to avoid too much free time and/or boredom when possible.
Have a selection of (non-alcoholic) drinks on hand
Sometimes we simply crave the taste of alcohol, or the act of drinking during certain activities (such as a tailgate). A great way to combat this is to simply have an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks to replace our old favorite alcoholic drinks. Examples include seltzer instead of beer or cherry tart instead of wine.
Heading to a meeting
While going to a recovery meeting is always a good idea, it is particularly important if we are having an obsession to drink. Meetings are a great tool to rid us of these obsessions. Meetings also serve to remind us of all the hard work we have accomplished.
One of the most underrated tools to getting out of any thought process in which is troubling us is to help others. This can be as simple as calling someone else and asking how they are. We will be amazed at just how effective helping others is at getting us out of self.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.