3 Ways to Curb Your Alcohol or Drug Cravings

On the road to recovery, you may be faced with constant sources of temptation and multiple reasons to return to your habit — but you’ve got to be strong. If you aren’t sure how to deal with drug cravings or urges for alcohol, here are three practical ways to win the battle:

1. Keep Yourself Occupied

Boredom is one of the worst things you’ll face when attempting to beat your addiction. Boredom can easily leave you vulnerable to temptation. If you keep yourself busy for the majority of the time, however, you’ll be less inclined to think about using. In turn, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the appeal of drugs or alcohol.

Try the following to keep yourself occupied:

  • Take up an exercise class where you’ll be surrounded by health-conscious people.
  • Donate your time to those less fortunate. As you turn your focus toward others, you’ll be humbled but graced by your ability to help.
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The True Cost of a DUI

Driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs is illegal everywhere in the civilized world. It’s known under different labels — DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), ID (impaired driving) and DD (drunk driving). Whatever the term, DUI consequences can be devastating, and the cost of drunk driving can be far higher than most people realize.

DUI statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that an average of 28 people die every day in America as the result of drunk driving crashes and that roughly one in three people will be involved in a DUI incident at some point in their lives. Most will be a victim of drunk driving.

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Lives are forever altered by people who drive while under the influence. MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, reported that 10,839 people died in 2009 in alcohol-related vehicle incidents — that’s one every fifty minutes — and the rate keeps increasing each year.

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Why Alcohol Is Worse for Women

assault on women alcoholWhile drinking alcohol has become a popular past-time for both men and women, biological differences make it important that women consider the long-term effects of drinking too much. Reaching for a cold one has become commonplace for both genders at sporting events, celebrations, social gatherings, and the increasingly popular post-work happy hour, but, since women process alcohol differently, they need to consider how alcohol will affect their long-term health and how it will affect their short-term decision-making ability.

Drinking to excess has become the social norm among American women, with more than five million women indulging in alcoholic practices that threaten their overall safety. While drinking has increased in recent years for both men and women, females are more likely to suffer from alcohol-related problems. Heavy drinking increases a woman’s risk of becoming the victim of assault, both violent and sexual, and it also increases the likelihood of developing long-term health problems that are associated with both drinking and physical abuse.

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Your Finances: The Overlooked Victim of Addiction

The challenge of getting clean and sober is nothing to downplay, since starting life anew on the road to recovery can be truly taxing. In particular, the financial damage of drug abuse is an extremely serious, but often forgotten, consequence of battling an addiction.

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The cost of addiction moves at different paces depending on the drug, but methamphetamine, crack cocaine, prescription drugs, alcohol and heroin are the top offenders in terms of creating large debt holes very quickly. A report prepared for the White House in 2014 investigated what drug abusers in the United States actually spend on illicit narcotics every year. The researchers found that drug addicts spent about $100 billion each year over the past decade on illicit drugs.

Notably, from 2000 to 2010, the amount of money people spent on cocaine decreased by 50% from $55 billion to $28 billion.

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