The power is in the cross. God gives us strength and nothing is greater than He.
I intimately understand where you're coming from when you wrote this:
I've been sober and clean for many years. The cravings have never went away for me personally. I doubt that for me they will ever go away.
Craving is part of sobriety, but I was hoping that some would help me to share how they deal with suffering cravings. While in rehab my cravings were kind of under control, but since I am out, it appears that cravings is much worse and difficult to deal with. Drug dreams are one of the things that sets me off the most.
I deal with the cravings the same way I got sober. I give them to God just the same way I gave myself to Him.
Because when we are born again that is what we should do. It is all His. Money, job, family, laughter, tears, love, anger, repentance and yes even the cravings and our next breath are all under His control and His.
There is nothing to hold back. Nothing that is -yours.-
Paul wrote of the thorn in his flesh. We all have our own thorn.
The only time the cravings can take control is when we try to do things on our own. By our own strength. By our own wills. Believe me when I say, I found that out the hard way.
Remember that we have been crucified with Christ. It is not we who live now but it is Christ who lives in us. Who loves us and gave His life for us.
He gave His life for us. Was crucified for us. He also rose again and gives us strength.
-I- do not deal with the cravings. -God- does.
We can't. He can.
I was a slave to my own will that led me to drugs, alcohol, sexual sin and a love of violence (The two were not connected by the way)
I am now a slave to Christ. That is how I deal with it. By letting Him deal with it. And He never does me wrong.
God bless you, I am praying for you and trusting that God will see you through this.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.