Drug cravings are one of the biggest challenges of recovery, and they may never truly go away. Cravings can be intense in early recovery, and people may also experience post-acute-withdrawal syndrome, which can last for months. Fortunately, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone significantly helps reduce cravings. Counseling and support groups are also a helpful place to discuss drug cravings, as others in support groups are often experiencing, or have experienced, the same things. Throughout recovery, you’ll continue to learn more about your triggers and develop strategies for managing your cravings.