Overcoming cravings can be the most challenging aspect of overcoming addiction to opiates, but it is possible to do and there are many resources that can help the cravings subside.
Opiates chemically block the brain from perceiving pain, which reduces the amount of endorphins it needs to release to naturally combat pain. Over time, the brain can be led to believe it doesn’t need to need to produce endorphins at all. When it gets too out of practice, it might not release endorphins when pain is present and opiates are not.
How to deal with opiate cravings
When rehabilitation brings opiate use to a halt, the cravings for painkillers can increase dramatically, sending signals to the user to get more opiates and quickly. To avoid cravings and relapse, recovering addicts can set up healthy environmental factors to reduce overall likelihood of relapse and if necessary, take medications that reduce the cravings for opiates.
What helps with opiate cravings in the natural environment?
Activity, health and focus can all keep you focused on a picture that doesn’t include or doesn’t have room for opiate use. By staying active and in stride toward goals, the want to opiates can dissolve.
Try incorporating the following activities into your life to naturally reduce your craving for opioids:
Talking about addiction and cravings can be a first step in overcoming the craving. During sober living, it’s necessary to surround yourself with people who understand your story. This involves going to a sober group who can relate to your opiate addiction as well as creating a support group amongst friends and family. Both groups are here to listen, to provide encouragement and to remind you of the healthy, sober life you want to live.
Remember when you used to love hiking, biking, running or swimming? Incorporate your active hobbies back into your life. Moving produces natural euphoria in the body and getting excited about your active performances gives you the motivation to stay sober so you can keep working toward physical goals.
Taking on a manageable lifestyle
Start simple. By designing a daily routine that neither stressed you beyond your limits nor affords you too much downtime, you can keep busy. A routine helps regulate your body’s sleep patterns, metabolism and agility to respond to change, all of which help you stay on the sober path.
How to stop opiate cravings with a shot or pill.
Addiction is a physical disease and once a craving exists, it can be excruciating to temper. Today, several options exist that can actually block the craving for opiates. Some recovering addicts opt for an opiate vaccine, others prefer a monthly shot and some do well with a daily pill.
Taking a shot or pill to reduce or block opiate cravings can make a big difference in recovery success. Utilizing supplementary measure like these is best in the context of ongoing treatment for recovery. No matter how far along you are in recovery, sticking to a plan for overcoming addiction and cravings is important for staying sober. An overarching recovery process can provide constant tools for you to use and propel you through each day.
Are you struggling with opiate cravings? Reach out to our team at United Recovery Project. We have the tools and resources you need to help push beyond your cravings and continue on your path of sobriety. It is never too late to overcome addiction, contact us to learn more today.