Write down at least five short compelling reasons why you don’t want to use again and keep them in your pocket. Some examples are:
I don’t want to overdose and die. I don’t want to lose my wife. I want to keep my children. I want to succeed at work. I want to be the best at ……. I can be. Now write five of your own compelling reasons why you don’t want to use again.
Whenever you feel cravings, take this list out. Read it out loud and then do something active to take your mind off the craving. Get physically moving, walk or run. Get moving emotionally, laugh or sing. Find your own creative antidotes to cravings and keep several on hand. These can be puzzles, a funny book, spiritual readings or even running shoes. Find whatever it takes to meet your different needs for distraction at different times, and keep different items at work, at home, in your car, in your purse, and in your pocket. They won’t help you in the back of your closet. One craving antidote in one location is definitely not enough.