Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Drug Rehab – How long will I still feel drug cravings?

You will feel cravings for the drug during drug rehab.

You will feel cravings for the drug during drug rehab.

So you’re thinking about starting a drug rehab program to get the help you need to overcome an addiction to drugs – now what? You probably have lots of questions and most of all you’re probably wondering how long you will have to deal with the cravings that you feel every time you try to stop using. When you are in recovery, one of the most difficult things to deal with is the urge that you have to continue using drugs. These cravings tend to pop up at the least expected (or sometimes the most anticipated) times and they can be extremely difficult to deal with.

When you start drug rehab you will have lots of times that you crave drugs. You may wake up in the morning craving drugs, you may go to be at night craving drugs and there will be many times during the day that you sit and just wish you had one more fix, one more hit or just one more pill. Unfortunately, cravings are a very major factor in drug addiction and you must learn how to overcome these cravings without actually using the drugs. When you go to group therapy you may think that you should compare your cravings and your recovery to the feelings that others in group treatment have experienced. While this can help you to gauge a better time frame as to when you can expect to see some real changes in the level of the cravings that you have, no two people and their addictions or recovery are the same so this won’t always be of much help.

Cravings typically are the worst during the first days of drug rehab when you are in detox. Although detox can be difficult, in most cases, the cravings that you are feeling with subside quite significantly after you complete drug detox so you definitely have something to look forward to. Although you will likely experience some pretty intense drug cravings during drug detox, once this phase of drug rehab is completed you will have fewer and fewer cravings and more time to focus on your addiction recovery.

Another important thing to consider is that studies have shown that if you can take your mind off of a craving or urge to use drugs when the urge arises, and if you keep you mind on something else for a few minutes than you will be able to condition yourself to overcome these urges without using drugs or alcohol. As time goes on, the urges will become less prevalent, they will be less significant and they will be less noticeable so you will find that recovery comes a bit easier.

Drug rehab centers can work with you to help teach you how to resist the urge to use drugs and to put your mind on something else so that you can make a full recovery from addiction. So, the answer to the question – how long will I have to feel these drug cravings? You will feel the drug cravings for weeks, months or even years but this doesn’t mean that the cravings will always be so significant and severe. The most important thing to remember is that drug rehab will help you to deal with these cravings and ultimately you can make a full recovery from addiction.

More Rehab Centers Resources

How Long Does Therapeutic Community Treatment Last?

A therapeutic community (TC) is a type of treatment program that many residential rehab centers use to help recovering addicts learn better behaviors associated with drug use, socialization and combatting negative perceptions and attitudes held by those individuals. This type of treatment program can be confrontational and is usually very structured, but it is often….

Continue reading

Recognizing the Need for Opiate Addiction Treatment

treating opiate addiction

Opiate drugs do a good job at relieving most all types of pain, be it from an injury or from chronic conditions like cancer. Drugs, such as codeine, Demerol and Dilaudid offer effective pain relief properties unlike any other types of medication. Unfortunately, these drugs carry the same addictive potential as heroin, another opiate drug…..

Continue reading

The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab Centers

rehab center types

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug abuse and addiction have many dimensions, and they disrupt many aspects of an individual’s life. Because of this treatment is not simple. Effective treatment programs have to incorporate many components, which are each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Addiction treatment….

Continue reading

How to Provide Healthy Support to a Loved One in Recovery

If your loved one is on the path to recovery from addiction, you may be wondering how to best support that person, while also avoiding enabling or codependency. How can you provide the right kind of support in order to promote your loved one’s health and recovery? The Effects of Social Support A study reported….

Continue reading

Goals of Drug Rehab

You need to have goals throughout drug rehab.

Addiction is a powerful disease that encompasses every aspect of one’s life to deliver devastation. The goals of drug rehab are to provide effective treatment for drug addiction so that the addict may recovery and live a healthy and sober life. Although every drug rehab center has different goals and expectations the ultimate goal is….

Continue reading

Telltale Signs of Addiction and the Need for Help

Understanding the signs of addiction can save your life!

It may be simple to determine if an individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol once they have been using for many years and the addiction has progressed to such an advanced stage that they use daily, suffer withdrawal symptoms when they aren’t using and are clearly in trouble. Unfortunately, by this point addiction has….

Continue reading

How do You Compare Rehabs for a Prescription Drug Addiction?

It doesn’t matter if you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, you understand that a prescription drug addiction is serious business. You realize that this could worsen over time, which is why you are seeking assistance right now. Here is the good thing: there are many rehabs for prescription drug addiction. This….

Continue reading

Tips for Choosing Local Rehab Centers

rehab from addiction

Patients who are treated at local rehab centers undergo their rehabilitation in a safe environment that is in close proximity to their friends and family making them feel a little more at ease. For the recovering addict, there is a sense of ease knowing their surroundings, not that they are home but in an area….

Continue reading

Types of Treatment in Prescription Drug Rehab

drug rehab types

Because there are several different classes of prescription drugs, different treatment types need to be employed for different addiction syndromes. Also no two patients are guaranteed to have the same reaction to any one treatment type; therefore, different options must be available. According to the NIDA, treatment for prescription drug addiction “must take into account….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This