Tag Archives: Drug cravings

What’s the Purpose of Support Groups?

Should you talk about your addiction war stories? Some people believe that telling your addiction history is not helpful. They fear that it could cause cravings and relapse to themselves and others. On the other hand, isn't your support group the appropriate place to talk out your trauma? It can be healing. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss the rationale and goals of support groups.

Discussion Guide:

Have you felt that some of your group members have glorified their drug related behavior in the past?

If so, has that triggered a craving or relapse for you?

What are the pros and cons of telling your story to other group members?

What do you think the rationale and goals of support groups are?

What is the most helpful thing that you have experienced from your support group?

Supplemental Reading:

Group Interventions for Treatment of Psychological Trauma, http://www.agpa.org/docs/default-source/practice-resources/group-interventions-for-treatment-of-trauma-in-adults.pdf?sfvrsn=2, see page 32-33.

Grounding Techniques To Stop Cravings and Manage Emotions

Many people who abuse substances struggle with emotions. They may have numbed themselves to pain with the use of substances, and then feel uncomfortable with emotions in recovery. Cravings are a common phenomena in recovery. Listen and learn practical skills for coping with emotions and stop cravings.

Discussion Guide:

When you have experienced drug cravings, what have you done to cope with them in a healthy manner?

What techniques do you utilize to deal with cravings?

There are three different types of grounding techniques: mental, physical and soothing techniques. Which types are most effective for you?

What if the techniques don't work immediately? What should you do?

Supplemental Reading:

Grounding Techniques

Resist Cravings: Distract Yourself from Obsessive Thinking

Cravings. You've all had them. Sometimes you've relapsed because of them. But do you know where they come from? They are a result of neurological changes due to substance dependence. They are the brain's way of seeking a balance for what it lacks. Listen in to this opiate support group as they discuss their experiences with cravings and how to combat them.

Discussion Guide:

What are drug cravings? How long do they last? Can you break down a craving into stages?

What's the difference between psychological and biological cravings?

Where do cravings come from?

How have you successfully resisted cravings?

Do you use grounding techniques? Which ones?

Supplemental Reading:

Luke Pool, What are drug cravings & how can I deal with them? https://800recoveryhub.blog/2017/05/25/drug-cravings/