Especially if you used for a long time and intensively.
The temptation will be particularly strong in the beginning.
Hearing Grindr’s notification beep or the word “slam”, or even simply feeling lonely might be enough to provoke a craving for Tina.
Fortunately, the temptation will diminish over time.
But there are also things you can do to get through the process and prevent a relapse.
Process: Trigger >> thinking >> craving >> using
A trigger is anything that revives a memory of using Tina.
These memories typically make you consider using Tina again.
These thoughts tend to provoke intense craving particularly in the beginning.
If you do nothing to resist, you’ll soon have your hands on a pipe or a needle in your arm once again.
Try to remember that even the worst cravings will usually subside after a few minutes.
Craving does not have to lead automatically to using!
– Avoiding Triggers
– Blocking unhelpful thoughts
– What to do if you experience craving anyway?
– Handling a relapse
There are external and internal triggers.
External triggers are things in your environment that revive memories of using.
These may include a particular scent, Grindr’s beep, bumping into someone you know from sex parties, or cycling through your regular dealer’s neighbourhood.
An internal trigger is anything within you that revives memories of using.
These are usually emotions.
When you’re down or sad, you may be tempted to suppress these feelings by using Tina.
Others are tempted to use when they’re happy.
The idea being to celebrate their happiness and enhance it.
For others still, being criticized, or feeling hurt, embarrassed, rejected or bored can be a trigger.
Any strong emotion or feeling can be a trigger if it is linked with using Tina.
Besides emotions, horniness can also be a powerful trigger.
The previous section offered some strategies for handling triggers.
Keep your home free of drugs, make sure your old sex buddies can’t contact you, and don’t leave your weekend schedule empty.
If you’re triggered frequently, consider redecorating your home, listening to new types of music, cycling alternative routes or doing your shopping elsewhere.
Anything to change your routines and banish memories of Tina.
Blocking unhelpful thoughts
Ultimately, you cannot banish triggers completely.
Something you may never have considered a trigger can suddenly provoke thoughts of Tina.
You’re thinking about something innocent, and the next thing you know you’re thinking about sex and Tina, and before you know it you’re gripped by severe craving.
It’s therefore important to block such thoughts before they provoke craving.
You can do this in different ways.
Experiment to find what works best for you.
What to do if you experience craving anyway?
Haven’t been able to block out the thoughts and you’re now experiencing a strong craving?
This is frustrating and can even be frightening.
But if you resist, the craving will usually start to ease in a few minutes.
There are a number of tricks that can help you to outlast the craving.
Craving does not have to lead automatically to using.
Handling a relapse
If you succeed in quitting Tina the first time, you will be an exception.
Especially if you’ve been using intensively and for a long time.
Quitting Tina is a learning process, and relapsing is often a part of that process.
It’s a bit like learning to ride a bike.
It often involves falling off, getting back up and trying again.
How you cope with a relapse matters considerably.
Stop using again as soon as you can, don’t be too hard on yourself, and learn from your relapse!