These are some of the methods I’ve used to manage the unusual thoughts I have had throughout withdrawal. By the way, some doctors call it discontinue syndrome.
- Thought Stopping – When a nagging thought occurs, picture the word NO in your mind and the word NO. Follow with a deep relaxing breath. ( Not my favorite method)
- Progressive Relaxation- Starting with your hands, tighten and relax them as you take a breath, counting to four in through your nose and blow out through your mouth. Continue doing this with your belly muscles and legs.
- Another form of Progressive Relaxation ( My favorite)- With your mind, going down your body, notice any areas of your body which are tense and relax them while using the breathing technique above. It feels like a warm wave going throughout your body.
- Thought Challenging- Replace negative thoughts with realistic thoughts..
There are many other forms of Relaxation methods, each works better for one person than another.