Accept the fact that your cravings are normal and they will pass
While the physical cravings for morphine wane over time, you may experience emotional or psychological cravings long after you complete recovery. The good news is that you can resist the cravings.
Ways to resist craving for morphine include:
- Cravings and urges for morphine will disappear in short time unless you keep your mind on them. Refuse to act on the urges for 10 to 15 minutes. Usually, the cravings disappear in that time. Once you resist a craving, you know you can do it again when they next appear.
- Leave the situation you’re in. Leave the party. Leave the movie where drugs are glorified. Change the channel. By removing the trigger from the forefront of your mind, you can then focus on something else — and effectively weaken the craving.
- Embrace the discomfort. Accept the fact that your cravings are normal and they will pass along with the discomfort associated with them. What you feel won’t kill you. The cravings aren’t unbearable. They are uncomfortable but you can endure them. Once you endure them once, you learn you can endure them again.
- Talk to someone. For many people, just admitting to a craving can help them feel more in control of their situation. As you talk about the craving and what triggered it, you’ll sense the craving lessen. If the situation is dire, go to a meeting.
- Find a substitute. When you feel a craving, quickly find an activity that is beneficial to you. Do the dishes. Go for a walk. Pick up a new book. Write down the things you enjoy doing or new things you want to try. Keep this list handy and refer to it.
- Take a bath. A warm bath can help relieve cravings. It will also help you overcome any physical discomfort, such as an aching back or feet. Make it a bubble bath if you like.
- Some kinds of meditation can help clear your mind while also calming your body. Mindfulness meditation can be done anytime. You can download meditation tracks to your phone or other digital device so you can focus your mind anywhere.
- Express yourself. Art can be a great way to express how you feel when the cravings hit. You can drum, dance, draw, sing, write poetry, or work with clay, just to name a few options.
- Recall the consequences. When you’re craving morphine, you’ll remember all of the good feelings associated with it. When you sense the craving, remind yourself of the negative consequences of using. Also think of all the good reasons you want to stay abstinent.
- Write down your plan. When you experience a strong craving, it can be hard to remember all the things you can do to resist the urge to use morphine. Write down ways to resist the cravings. When the craving strikes, pull out the card and follow the instructions.
Over time, you will develop your own strategy for coping with cravings. Use the techniques that work for you.
Getting Help For Your Morphine Addiction
If you or a loved one is struggling with a morphine addiction, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators who can help you determine the best options for your situation. Don’t let morphine dictate your life anymore. Call us today.