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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

What To Do With Those Messy Emotions

Author, Jason M. S. wrote “Addicts are individuals that simply cannot process emotions properly (due to brain damage in the frontal lobe). Without healthy brain function, we cannot process information properly, navigate our senses, or even interpret our perceptions of the world correctly.” Addicts just don’t know what to do with emotions. Emotion is a powerful force that can be damaging to ourselves and others. But it can also be helpful if utilized properly. Jason M.S. believes that anger can play a helpful role in recovery. It may be useful to get angry at your addiction and use it as motivation for recovery.  Let is fuel your determination to be drug free.

Discussion Guide:

Did drug abuse cause uncharacteristic mood swings and irritability for you?

And conversely, did mood swings or emotional distress lead to drug abuse as a means of coping?

What have you learned through recovery about handling emotions in a healthy manner?

What coping skills do you use?

Note:

Credit and appreciation is given to author, Jason M. S. for his article “Get Mad at Drugs and Make Love to Your Life!”. However, his identification is withheld for purposes of confidentiality.