With any form of addiction, cravings are quite normal and are even more common during withdrawal. They do not even have to show up immediately after quitting an addiction; some of them take months or years to show.
Now, there are some things about alcohol cravings that you need to remember and some tips on how to deal with them:
What are cravings?
- Cravings are not a sign of poor determination or willpower, nor do they mean that you have failed to do something right or, well, that you are doing something wrong.
- When you have it, it doesn’t mean that your withdrawal and detox isn’t working.
- These are never perpetual and their acerbity only lasts shortly.
- Even the slightest physical and psychological discomfort can set off these cravings. Stress management can definitely curtail the cravings significantly.
How can you manage the cravings?
- Get to know what may have triggered the cravings. It could be someone, somewhere, or even something that reminded you of alcohol. After you find out these triggers, you will need to divert this mental energy that will help you avoid encountering these triggers afterwards.
- Constantly support yourself and be reminded of why, in the first place, you quit alcohol. If it becomes too difficult, you can even make the list of the negativity alcohol consumption inflicted upon your life and compare it to the contrast positivity you got by staying sober.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for support or help from others. Use your Support Network (if you don’t have one yet, then make one by gathering close family, friends, or acquaintances who have also quit alcohol, who you know will always be there for you and will help with the process)
- If you are spiritual, then it is probably time to look into prayers and meditation, they hold a great role in ensuring that your mind is calm and your thoughts focus only on the important things.
What happens after detox?
Thirty-six hours into the detox and you will feel quite queasy, irritable and in a lot of discomfort until the rest of the week. Don’t let this bother you. Carrying on with your detox ritual and keep on taking supplements and vitamins while ensuring that you have fitful sleep, balanced exercise and a healthy diet. The most important thing to remember is that alcohol is the only thing you have detoxed from your body, nothing else. You may have successfully eliminated the toxins from your body, but, unless you have a change of lifestyle and mindset, you might see yourself spiral down to where you were a week ago before you detox, or even worse. Make sure you prevent this from ever happening to you by:
- Understanding deep down that alcoholism is an ailment that is very dangerous, but at the same time still treatable.
- Considering additional treatment or calling for additional help
- Networking and finding an efficient support network
If you are a first-timer at alcohol detox, be happy that’s over. But always keep updated information as facts change as time passes by. You’ve gotten through the worst part, and you’re on the right path.