1. When drug or alcohol cravings hit try reaching out for support. This can be calling a friend or family member, going to a meeting, or even calling a substance abuse hotline. Sometimes just talking to someone about how you are feeling can be enough to make you stop and think before you do something you might regret later on.
2. Part of your substance abuse recovery means avoiding old places and people that are associated with your substance abuse. Cut all ties with buddies that you used to drink or do drugs with, because just associating with these individuals can cause you to experience cravings, and this can lead to a relapse.
3. If you have a problem with substance abuse or you experience drug or alcohol cravings then be very cautious about the medications that you take. Your past is nothing to be ashamed of and you deserve proper treatment, but some medications especially narcotic pain drugs can cause further problems and start up your cravings.
4. During your substance abuse recovery avoid places like bars, clubs, and parties where alcohol will be served, even if your addiction is not alcohol related. These environments contribute to substance abuse and they can cause cravings to occur.
5. If you experience drug or alcohol cravings take a few minutes to examine why you are feeling this way. Go for a walk, take a long soak in a hot tub, or turn on some music to help distract your mind from the cravings.