Craving can be defined as an unrelenting desire, urge or yearning towards an extreme desire for something.
Craving is often used as one of the criteria for the diagnosis of drug addiction or alcoholism.
What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?
Cravings are at times associated with risk-taking reckless behaviour in order to seek pleasure related to food, sex, cigarette smoking, binge alcohol drinking, or illicit drug abuse.
Combating cravings is exceedingly important for better management of major mental health illnesses and poor quality of life.
Physical, psychological, nutritional, and medical rehabilitation may be helpful in the effective clinical management of combating cravings.
How Will This Worksheet Help You?
Is important to know what triggering factors and situations make you vulnerable to cravings and adopt suitable coping strategies that will help you combat them.
Additionally, cravings are automatic responses that occur without conscious thought. Learning to say “NO” to these ingrained desires and learning to resist them is a relapse prevention strategy that you ought to learn to live a more fulfilling and healthier life.
How Should You Use This Worksheet?
This worksheet can be used at any time when you are experiencing a craving.
You should keep this worksheet with you at all times in order to help you get through the cravings.
Combat Cravings Action Plan Worksheet
- Identify some of your common cravings.
- Identify the different warning signs of your cravings.
- How do you feel (physically and emotionally) when these cravings occur?
- Describe what you do when these cravings occur.
- What could you do differently when you experience cravings?
- Identify different ways in which you can substitute the cravings with either a thought or activity that’s more rational or fun.
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SMART Recovery International. (© 2022). 5 Ways to Deal with Urges and Cravings. Available at: https://www.smartrecovery.org/5-ways-to-deal-with-urges-and-cravings/. [Accessed October 26, 2022]
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