How to Curb Cravings in Detox and Beyond

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Resisting the cravings for a substance or alcohol when you’re on a detox and rehab program can be one of the most difficult obstacles on the road to recovery. Here we take a look at some simple changes you can make to your daily life to help you deal with inevitable cravings, without risking relapse:

Distract Yourself with Healthier Pursuits

When your mind has nothing to focus on, or you’re waiting for something, or just bored, you can find yourself craving the feeling you used to get from drugs or drink. By distracting yourself and keeping yourself busy in any way possible, you can shift focus from your addiction to other, healthier pursuits. Go for a walk or take a spin in your car, or even take up a hobby for these specific moments. The main thing is to completely change your surroundings to eliminate triggers.

Relaxation and Meditation Practices are Key

One of the most common triggers for addiction cravings are anxiety, anger, and stress. You can prevent feelings of anger or anxiety building by learning how to relax through meditation or simple breathing exercises, so that you have a mechanism to put into play when you feel vulnerable to negative feelings.

Take up more Physical Exercise

Lots of research has proven that exercise promotes the production of endorphin's that give you a natural-high feeling. There’s also a great benefit in taking up a disciplined sport or activity and incorporating it into your daily life. You’ll notice improved concentration, higher self-esteem, and a greater sense of self-control the more into an exercise regime you get.

Conquer your Addiction Issues at Capo Canyon Recovery near Lake Forest, CA

We can help you develop your own coping mechanisms so that you learn how to curb cravings and reduce risk of relapse back into addiction. Our alcohol and drug detox in Laguna Niguel, CA gives you direct access to professional treatment and support to find your own way to a life of sobriety. Capo Canyon Recovery is a residential detox facility within close proximity of Mission Viejo, CA and Aliso Viejo, CA. If you have addiction issues you want to be free from once and for all, contact us now for an immediate consultation in absolute confidence.

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