Do Cravings Go Away?

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Do Cravings Go Away?

For anyone who has struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction, one common question is, “Do cravings go away?” The short answer is yes. In time, the urge and desire to use lessens. With recovery comes more peace, serenity, and a new way of living. While cravings may disappear, they can also reappear. Having a solid foundation of recovery helps develop skills and resources to make it through the cravings.


Craving is defined as having an intense or eager desire; a yearning. A craving for drugs can be overwhelming, especially in early recovery. The obsessive thoughts with the desire to use may take up most of your time. Take it one day at a time. Taking it one hour at a time might be  necessary.

Here are some tips for dealing with cravings:


  • Go on a walk. Changing your environment can change your thoughts. Get outside. Get fresh air. Put one foot in front of the other.
  • Write a gratitude list. Write 5 things you are grateful for. You could even make a list specific to things you are grateful for in recovery.
  • Get support. Call someone sober and tell them you are having cravings. Sometimes talking to someone who has been in your shoes and made it through it is enough to allow the cravings to pass.
  • Ask someone how they are. Call someone who is having a tough time and ask them how they are doing. Listen to them.
  • Work. Distractions can be life savers. Whether it is going to a job, pulling weeds in your garden, or organizing your closet, work can be a needed distraction until the craving passes.
  • Write. Write to the craving. Ask the craving what message is has for you. Pick up another color pen and allow the craving to write back. Keep writing until the craving subsides.
  • Pray. Ask for the cravings to be removed. You can pray to God, the group, Buddha,or  the ocean. You can pray to any higher power.
  • Focus on your breathe. Take 10 slow, deep breaths. Feel the air coming in. Feel the air leaving your body.
Cravings pass. Sometimes they go away in seconds, sometimes minutes, and sometimes it takes longer. The most important thing to remember is it is just a craving. You don’t have to act on it. Your only job is to get through one day at a time. You don’t need to think about tomorrow. Just for today, make a commitment that you will stay sober. Tomorrow is another day.


At Simple Recovery, we maintain a simple goal for our residents: learn how to live sober. Our multi-phase program is structured to rebuild life for each resident through clinical therapy, holistic recovery, and integration to either school, work, or volunteering. For information on our programs of treatment for addiction and dual diagnosis, call us today: 888-743-0490