Learn the Five Solutions to Reduce Cue Reactivity
Over time—and sometimes with the help of medication—the brain’s chemistry will slowly return to normal. But are there other ways recovering substance abusers can successfully deal with the cues that can jeopardize their sobriety?
- Avoidance—One of the first lessons learned in early recovery is the importance of simply staying away from any people, places, things, and ways of thinking that may lead to a return to substance use.
- Staying busy—Anyone recovering from an addictive disorder has to RELEARN how to enjoy themselves without the use of alcohol or drugs. Time that used to be spent obsessing about, acquiring, using, and recovering from intoxicants should now be spent in more positive pursuits—activities related to recovery, new hobbies, exercise, or self-care.
- Meditation—At the same time, it is necessary to slow down and focus on the moment. Recent research suggests that meditating for as little as 27 minutes a day can result in positive changes to the brain.
- Behavioral modification – Because it is impossible to completely avoid every potential to cue, who achieve successful recovery are taught how to respond more appropriate when confronted with triggering stimuli.
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