You can stop cravings in their tracks. You can stop using permission-giving thoughts (It’s okay to use when things go wrong) and start using permission refusal thoughts ( I exercise when I am upset, I don’t drink when I am upset). This does not require you to suddenly develop super willpower. It does require you to learn and practice new ways of thinking. It requires you to take action to keep yourself safe from cues and from people who put you at risk. There are two ways to increase your control.
- Identify craving stimulus situations and practice managing them—in advance.
- Improve your rational thinking to reduce and combat your permission to use, or permission-giving thoughts.