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I got some good suggestions from my therapist this morning for beating the obsessive and compulsive thoughts that always come once you stop using. For me this has been my downfall in the past while trying to get clean. I could almost always get to the other side of the physical symptoms, but the mental obsession was always incredibly difficult to overcome.

I haven't tried these yet but I thought I'd throw them out there for anyone that might have an occasion to try them. My therpaist is a recovering addict with like 17 years clean and she swears that these things will help quiet the obsession, refocus your mind and help rewire the brain:

Eat Jolly Rancher candy.
Suck on a lemon wedge.
Stick your hand in ice cold water.
Attend daily meetings.
Call people every day as often as needed and talk about what you are feeling.
Write out your daily routine so that when the "fog" comes you stay on track.
Laugh - even if it's fake.
Take long hot baths - alternate with cold showers if needed.
Read a book - something fiction that you really get into - carry the book everywhere you go just incase.
Get reinvolved in your hobbies - remember those things you used to enjoy before addiction? Try getting reinvolved.
Take a walk.
Pray - chant the serenity prayer
Journal - write, write, write no matter how stupid it sounds...write it out.
Make a CD of your favorite music and listen to it.
Eat snacks - fruit, nuts, pretzels, crackers. Keep plenty on hand.
Create a focus point in every room of your home, in your car, in your office. When you start feeling wierd and the obsession rears it's head - look at your focus point and try to remind yourself where you came from and what you are trying to accomplish or work toward getting back on task.

It's worth a try.
[QUOTE=BeginAgain]I got some good suggestions from my therapist this morning for beating the obsessive and compulsive thoughts that always come once you stop using. For me this has been my downfall in the past while trying to get clean. I could almost always get to the other side of the physical symptoms, but the mental obsession was always incredibly difficult to overcome.

I haven't tried these yet but I thought I'd throw them out there for anyone that might have an occasion to try them. My therpaist is a recovering addict with like 17 years clean and she swears that these things will help quiet the obsession, refocus your mind and help rewire the brain:

Eat Jolly Rancher candy.
Suck on a lemon wedge.
Stick your hand in ice cold water.
Attend daily meetings.
Call people every day as often as needed and talk about what you are feeling.
Write out your daily routine so that when the "fog" comes you stay on track.
Laugh - even if it's fake.
Take long hot baths - alternate with cold showers if needed.
Read a book - something fiction that you really get into - carry the book everywhere you go just incase.
Get reinvolved in your hobbies - remember those things you used to enjoy before addiction? Try getting reinvolved.
Take a walk.
Pray - chant the serenity prayer
Journal - write, write, write no matter how stupid it sounds...write it out.
Make a CD of your favorite music and listen to it.
Eat snacks - fruit, nuts, pretzels, crackers. Keep plenty on hand.
Create a focus point in every room of your home, in your car, in your office. When you start feeling wierd and the obsession rears it's head - look at your focus point and try to remind yourself where you came from and what you are trying to accomplish or work toward getting back on task.

It's worth a try.[/QUOTE]

I printed this out and will carry it with me, thank you :angel:





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