Knowing How To Avoid Temptations
Staying away from "triggers" that can cause a relapse and undo everything you have learnt in treatment can be tough, but there are steps you can take to low the chances of this happening.
Deciding to submit to treatment surely does not come easy. Just as mustering your courage in undergoing treatment, your focus in staying clean and resisting the urge depends on your commitment to getting well.
It is one thing to resist and overcome one or two temptations, but it is another to martial courage and strength to stay focused, by identifying triggers which lead to relapse to get head start in claiming victory.
There may still be temptation to fall back into the same old habits that put you in rehab in the first place, the struggle is real and something a lot of people experience when they first finish their treatment program.
Recognizing Your Provocations
It is while you are at the rehab centre that you can make the most crucial decision on how to overcome the challenge. In the course of treatment, addiction counsellors assist patients examine and identify triggers prompting inclination to substance abuse and point them in the direction of post discharge steps to manage withdrawal symptoms and avoid possible relapse.
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Some factors that are the culprit in cases of addiction are common while some are peculiar to each addict. Some of these are
- Associating With Abusers Of The Drug
- Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
- Intense Emotions Or Emotional Instability
- Your inability to resolve low-esteem, stressful situations without resorting to substance in facing and dealing with psychological disorders.
- Living Conditions
- Going back to an isolated and lonely living environment can reignite the same memories that first put them on a road to addiction.
- Social Situations
- Continued exposure to events or circles where access to alcohol and other drugs are uninhibited also contributes to a relapse.
- It is imperative for a recovering patient to skip venues where drugs and other triggers are readily available.
- Profound Childhood Trauma
- Ex-addicts that have a deep-rooted childhood issues can easily go back into relapse if they are struggling to rid these memories.
You can get to the root of this problem and identify a solution to it if you can seek the assistance of a counsellor.
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Creating A Plan To Prevent Relapse
Residential addiction therapy programs take place in controlled risk free setting which promotes quick recovery process. Getting around some challenges that can thwart one's efforts is possible if you have made plans for how you want to go about your recovery after leaving the facility.
Don't belittle the efforts that are put into developing a successful program because the efforts are worth more than you can ever imagines. The proper strategy to stay clean among people, venues, and events that can cause a relapse is a deep consideration, rectitude, and collaboration with a counsellor.
The situations brought about by the shift from rehab to a real-world environment can be anticipated and a good plan can be developed out of it. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.
A good prevention action plan should include
- Collaborate closely with a relative or close friend to facilitate the process.
- Your support system should be able to sterilize your place so that it will be free from any triggers or substances that could easily be abused.
- Listing The Potential And Identified Triggers
- Being aware of all the people, places or other triggers that may arise in your life will help you know when to stay away and not put your recovery into jeopardy.
- The Assistance Of A Sponsor And A 12-step Congregation Plan
- Constructing a care system and liability with sincere and open communication.
- Meet and make new friends that support your commitment to stay away from addiction through fellowship and collective participation in 12-step programs.
- Being Conscious About Changing Negative Conducts
- Eating well, sleeping whenever is appropriate, and engaging in workouts are some of these 12 points.
- You must ensure that your overall well-being is maintained as the dependence on drugs and alcohol will have affected you both mentally and physically.
- After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
- This will ensure you are surrounded by more support, can attend counselling and get structured feedback.
- It is imperative that you find a solution to what will trigger cravings for the drug or alcohol again like when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, according to the H.A.L.T. rule.
- Making a list of the positive and negative aspects of using the drug
- keep the list with you for whenever you crave for the addictive substance as it will help your to remember why you have expended so much time and other resources to break the addiction.
Finding Support In Recovery
Regardless of all the planning you put into this, there is still the possibility you can go back and relapse on the substance. You should consider take some steps backward as a pointer to the fact that succeeding in such an endeavour is not a piece of cake and should be moved to increase your determination and personal efforts to succeed if you give in to your urge to use the drugs or alcohol again. Reversion is mortifying but it doesn't have to be considered a let-down.