Research clearly indicates the significance of drug cravings.

What are drug cravings?

Although some who are addicted might disagree, researchers suggest that drug cravings are subjective and are at the core an “experience of wanting to use a drug.” Researchers go further, defining a craving as having 3 distinct elements:

  • craving is conscious
  • craving is best captured by an expression of desire
  • and that desire is directed toward the use of a specific drug.

According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, for people with substance addictions, drug cravings occur when “an addicted person becomes preoccupied with using substances again… This is commonly called “craving.”

Ways to Manage Drug Cravings

Here, we will explore the importance of self-care as a part of an addiction recovery plan and discuss ways you can manage drug cravings in your life.

Practicing Self-Care

Practicing self-care is often a beneficial component to any any addiction recovery plan.

  • Take a walk.
  • Develop an exercise routine.
  • Reach out for support.
  • Take a warm bath.
  • Meditate or practice yoga.
  • Do a grounding exercise.
  • Participate in medication assisted treatment (MAT) at to reduce drug cravings.

The video below discusses these strategies for managing drug cravings: