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Why Do I Crave Drugs?

Why Do I Crave Drugs?

If you’ve ever had a substance abuse problem, then you may be familiar with drug cravings.

They can be triggered by a certain place or person, or they can occur randomly without warning. Addiction cravings can be severely overwhelming and can threaten your sobriety. Many individuals who have been sober for years may ask themselves, “why do I crave drugs?” Regardless of the amount of treatment you’ve received or how long you’ve stayed clean, drug cravings can always pop up during your recovery journey.

As a California rehab center, we are aware of the problems drug cravings can pose in a person’s recovery. Without support, these cravings could take over a person’s thoughts and cause them to turn back to their old ways. We encourage individuals who are experiencing these issues to get help with us as soon as possible.

What Are Drug Cravings?

Drug cravings are strong desires to use drugs that can be triggered by anything that reminds the individual of drug abuse. Drug cravings can also be considered memories that are tied to the effects of addiction. During an active addiction, the individual may experience changes in brain function as a result of a developed tolerance. Tolerance occurs when the person is no longer responding to the typical amount of drugs they normally ingest, causing them to increase the dosage. It’s normal for the brain to retain the memory of this repeated pattern of abuse long after treatment.

Why You Crave Drugs

Lots of recovering addicts may wonder, “why do I crave drugs?”, especially after going to rehab for drug abuse. Many drugs affect the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, the most common of these being dopamine. Dopamine controls pleasure and reward in the brain. When the individual is constantly activating this neurotransmitter with drugs, their mind and bodies become accustomed to these feelings, creating a dependency. As a result of long-term drug abuse, your brain will retain the memory of those feelings that may continue to nudge at you well into your sobriety. Reliving drug abuse can strengthen these cravings, increasing your risk of relapsing.

At Banyan Palm Springs, we know sobriety is a never-ending journey. That’s why we offer a rehab alumni program that offers peer support for our past patients to keep them on the right track. With support, you or a loved one can avoid relapse and stay clean.

Coping with Drug Cravings

When experiencing drug cravings, your natural inclination may be to cave in. However, giving in will only undo all the things you’ve achieved and put you back at square one. Now that you’ve reached sobriety, you have to learn how to cope with drug cravings safely and effectively. Below are a few ways you can manage your drug cravings and stay sober.

  • Avoid addiction triggers (these may be people, places, situations, and so on)
  • Think about why you’re experiencing these cravings
  • Implement any coping methods you learned during your substance abuse program
  • Reach out to friends and family for support
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Find new hobbies

At Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs, we want our patients to achieve lasting sobriety. Not only do we help them get sober, but we teach them the skills they need to stay sober. For more information about our addiction treatments and programs, call us now at 888-280-4763.

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.