Anyone who curtails addictive substances or behaviors will go through a withdrawal period. The cravings—for one more cigarette, one more drink, one more day at the track—can be almost unbearably intense.
"I advise people to keep their cravings at a distance," says Dr. Horvath. In other words, acknowledge how you're feeling. Admit to yourself how uncomfortable you are. But don't give in. Distract yourself. Call a friend. Walk around the block. Wash the dishes. Do whatever it takes to take your mind off the craving.
"Just because you have an itch doesn't mean you have to scratch," he adds. Be strong. Individual cravings will disappear in minutes or even seconds, and the entire experience of cravings will often evaporate in a month or two.