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10 More Coping Skills for Alcohol and Substance Recovery

Alcohol addiction recovery is a journey filled with numerous challenges, and one of the most significant hurdles to overcome is managing alcohol cravings. These powerful urges can be overwhelming, but the good news is that there are various effective coping skills to help you regain control of your life and maintain your path to sobriety. In this blog, we will explore ten additional coping skills to handle alcohol cravings and bolster your recovery efforts.

I found this video five years ago and it is one of the most shared videos with clients who are working toward recovering from their addictions. Plan to write down your coping skills to address the triggers, cravings, and feelings we have in recovery.

Now, here are 10 more coping skills to add to your list!

1. Physical Activity

Regular physical activity, such as jogging, yoga, or strength training, can help reduce alcohol cravings. Exercise releases endorphins, which improve mood and reduce stress, making it an effective tool to combat cravings.

2. Journaling

Keeping a journal can be a valuable way to track your cravings and identify patterns. It allows you to express your feelings, gain insight into your triggers, and develop strategies to manage cravings.

3. Mindful Eating

Practicing mindful eating techniques can help you become more conscious of your food choices and how they affect your cravings. Avoid skipping meals and focus on balanced nutrition to maintain stable blood sugar levels.

4. Acupressure and Acupuncture

Both acupressure and acupuncture are holistic therapies that can help reduce alcohol cravings. They involve stimulating specific points on the body to promote relaxation and alleviate cravings.

5. Engaging in Creative Activities

Participating in creative activities like painting, drawing, or playing a musical instrument can provide a positive outlet for stress and emotions, reducing the intensity of cravings.

6. Embracing Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can shift your focus away from cravings. Daily reflections on the things you’re grateful for can improve your overall outlook and reduce the desire for alcohol.

7. Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is essential during recovery. Sometimes, what feels like a craving is actually a sign of dehydration. Drinking water or herbal teas can alleviate the urge to consume alcohol.

8. Build a Relapse Prevention Plan

Creating a relapse prevention plan with the help of a counselor can provide you with a clear roadmap for dealing with cravings and high-risk situations.

9. Support Groups

Joining a support group for individuals in recovery can be a powerful coping strategy. Sharing your experiences, learning from others, and receiving encouragement can help you manage cravings effectively.

10. Visualization and Affirmations

Use visualization and affirmations to picture your life without alcohol and to reinforce your commitment to sobriety. Regularly remind yourself of the benefits and rewards of your recovery journey.


Recovery from alcohol addiction is an ongoing process, and effectively managing alcohol cravings is a crucial aspect of that journey. These ten additional coping skills, from physical activity and mindful eating to acupressure and embracing gratitude, can provide you with a diverse set of tools to navigate cravings and reinforce your commitment to sobriety. Remember that recovery is achievable, and with perseverance, support, and the right coping strategies, you can overcome the challenges of alcohol addiction and build a healthier, more fulfilling life in sobriety.

At The Pursuit, a group of experienced therapists have come together to offer best in class counseling services. We prioritize clinical theory, non-judgmental approaches, and effective interventions, treatment plans, and coping skills. We have therapists who specialize in different areas and we strive to find the best match for your unique needs. Our services cater to individuals, families, and organizations, including adolescents in high school. Our aim is to connect you with the specialist who can best address your concerns. Our specialized trauma counseling services aim to address the underlying emotional wounds that contribute to behaviors. We offer evidence-based trauma counseling that is effective with working many presenting problems. We provide a holistic approach to recovery, focusing on healing the past to create a healthier future. 

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