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Cravings

You are proud of yourself. It has been more than a week since your last drink. You knew you had to stop when you found yourself keeping a bottle of vodka in the bedroom. Sure, you think about having a drink nearly every minute of the day. At lunchtime you find yourself walking out the door for a burger and a drink. Luckily, your secretary catches you and reminds you to call home. You get a muffin at the canteen instead, then head back to your office.

On the way home, you no longer stop at the old bar--at least you haven't been there for several days. But it's Thursday, and you know your friends will be there tonight. If you get out early, maybe you could stop by. Just to say hello. You don't have to drink anything. At least no more than a beer.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Cravings
  • Where Do Substance Cravings Come from?
  • What Do We Crave, Besides Drugs and Alcohol?
  • How to Cope with Cravings
  • Medications Are Sometimes Helpful in Reducing Cravings
  • How to Cope When a Loved One Is Addicted

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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