Ironically enough, highly addictive benzodiazepines are usually prescribed to us by our doctors. Benzos are typically prescribed for things like anxiety, depression or seizures. Benzos can range in length of their effects. Withdrawal from these drugs can include sweats, heightened anxiety, and can go as far as causing seizures. Benzo cravings can range from person to person but when they are there, like most cravings, they can be a challenge to ignore. However, there are some helpful suggestions to better avoid and deal with benzo cravings whenever they may occur.
Distract yourself and have a plan
No matter how you do it, distraction and having a plan are the most effective ways to go about ignoring and avoiding your benzo cravings. Distraction is a key point here because the more you pay attention and feed into your craving, the more likely it is to overcome you. Having a plan prepared for these situations can make or break your recovery. More than that, having several backup plans is a useful tool, as you have no idea where you will be or what you will be doing when a craving might occur. In your recovery there is no such thing as being overly prepared.
One method to avoid or ignore cravings would be working out. We all know that it’s good to exercise, but the effects of a good workout can be very beneficial in recovery. When you exercise, endorphins are released and send a positive feeling throughout your mind and body. Even if it is something as simple as taking a walk around the block. Just getting out for fresh air and changing your scenery can make a world of difference on the cravings that you are experiencing.
If a craving hits, talk it out. Whether it be with a family member, friend or someone else in your recovery community, just getting how you are feeling off of your chest can help. By talking about it you not only lift some of that pressure off your shoulders, but you realize that you have more control over the cravings. The more involved you can get in the recovery community, the more resources you will have for situations like this. Get phone numbers at meetings,and use them! If you truly feel as though there is no one around you that you trust you can talk to there is always somewhere you can turn to. Some therapists allow for a one time emergency therapy session which is far better than you giving into your cravings.
Take time to relax whenever a craving occurs. You can read a book, take a bath with epsom salts, or even meditate. By taking a warm bath you are able to soothe your body while also taking care of any aches and pains you may be experiencing. Meditating allows you to gain total relaxation through your mind and body. There are different types of meditation- try them out, you may find that one is able to cure any cravings that you experience.
If you or a loved one is taking Benzodiazepines and displaying signs of abuse or addiction and needs help, call Serenity Acres to discuss possible treatment options: 1-800-203-2024.