5 Strategies for Overcoming TemptationUse any or all of the following – choosing whichever make the most sense to you.
1. Wait 30 MinutesHere's a simple but effective technique:
Usually, after 30 minutes, you won't want to smoke so badly anymore and you'll feel grateful and relieved that you held-out.
2. Make a Plan to Call Someone before You FoldEnlist a friend that supports your quit attempt (probably not someone you get high with) and ask them if you can call should you ever feel strongly tempted to use.
All they have to do is distract you for a few minutes and remind you of all your good reasons for quitting in the first place.
3 Carry a List of Your Reasons for QuittingIt’s easy to get stuck in daydreams about the good old days – about how much fun you had while high – but when you’re craving you rarely spend much time thinking about all the bad times or negative consequences.
It’s so easy to get caught up in a moment of weakness, or stress, or fatigue or celebration and just forget for a second why you’re working so hard to stay clean; and unfortunately, it only takes a brief moment to undo the hard work of weeks or months. This is why anything you can do to add some brakes to a risky situation helps you to achieve your larger goal of staying abstinent.
4. Carry a Picture to Inspire YouCarry a picture of a person or people that would be really disappointed in you for relapsing and really proud of you for holding-out. Make a promise to yourself that before you smoke again, you’ll take a moment to look at this picture and consider the consequences.
5. Get Out of the SituationIf you decide to smoke again, you’ll have a whole lifetime to do it, so before you relapse, promise yourself that you’ll at least try to hold-off by removing yourself from whatever situation is causing your cravings.1