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Do drug cravings last forever?

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Asked: 2018-11-21 21:40:48
After deciding to get clean I get drug cravings all the time. Will this torture ever end?


Answered: 2018-11-23 16:32:52

The strong cravings will subside after treatment and some time in recovery. Use the tools you learned in therapy to deal with them in the moment and as the psychological effects of the addiction are overcome the cravings become less and less prominent. In my experience, it takes treatment to really push the bulk of those cravings out. Stick with it and get treatment. No one wants to go through withdrawals more than once!


Answered: 2018-11-27 21:06:48

Catherine, I am sorry you are struggling with cravings. You may experience cravings the rest of your life. Cravings will come in different forms. Yo may have night terrors, stress related cravings, trigger cravings, and/or peer pressure cravings. Utilize all healthy coping mechanisms and tools learned in treatment. If the cravings persist, seriously consider a fellowship group to have extra support to overcome the cravings.


Answered: 2018-11-27 21:14:40

I remember thinking that all of the negative things that happened in early recovery were just going to last forever; the inability to sleep, the cravings, the weird sense of doom. I also remember noticing one day that those things had all eventually decreased and disappeared. It felt like my whole life was going to be waking up from a fitful sleep, and doing everything I could to not get high that day, and then lay back down in my bed. One day, you'll wake up and realize that you haven't thought about getting high for a while. It gets better, but it doesn't happen all at once.

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