Preventing a relapse from occurring is not going to be the easiest thing you’ve ever done. In fact, recovering addicts are faced with this challenge daily after completing rehab. Each day, you must apply the skills you learned in rehab to cope with triggers and avoid relapse. But, it can be done and thousands of individuals are succeeding in remaining clean, and so can you.
Although you are faced with daily temptations, there are some things you can do to help you resist. So far, you’ve conquered two major feats by getting through detox and rehab successfully. These accomplishments are a good indication that you are serious about your desire to be a drug-free person. For this reason, you have what it takes to avoid giving in to temptation.
Tips for Preventing a Relapse
Of course, each person responds to recovery differently. Your situation is not exactly the same as someone else’s and you have different goals. Therefore, you will need to devise your own personal plan for avoiding triggers. Fortunately, you have gained an increased awareness of the dangers of taking “just one hit” and have seen where that behavior can lead you. The new awareness will be your most valuable tool going forward.
We want you to succeed in remaining drug-free. Therefore, we offer the following tips as a guideline only. You be the judge of what will or will not work for you.
- Avoid situations where drugs or alcohol are present
- Expand your support network
- Create a schedule of healthy routines
- Don’t let down your guard
- View a relapse as a learning experience
The above tips are similar to some of the things you learned in rehab. However, they are crucial to your lasting recovery and should be foremost on your agenda.
Staying on Track
It’s important to remember that relapse at this stage in your recovery can be dangerous. For instance, if you ingest the same amount of the substance you were once accustomed to, it can result in an overdose. An overdose happens because your body has been cleansed of all traces of the substance. Therefore, you no longer have the tolerance level as before. Many addicts assume that now that they are clean, one hit won’t be a big deal. This assumption if far from true. Research shows that thousands of addicts relapse time after time, often with life-threatening consequences. You don’t want to fall into that group.
Also, it is important to note that if relapse occurs, you can get back on track. A relapse often requires additional treatment in rehab. However, if you get help right away, you can avoid facing dangerous consequences.
Among the five tips above, the one of the most valuable assets is your support network. Your support team can consist of friends, family, counselors, other recovering addicts, or anyone who is willing to give encouragement and advice when you need it most. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to reach out to them when you have a bad day.
You’re Not Alone
If you are in recovery and having doubts about your ability to maintain a drug-free lifestyle, call our toll free number now. One of our representatives is available to offer suggestions or give you more information on aftercare services and other community support networks. Remember, you are not alone. But, its up to you to reach out and accept the support being offered.
Preventing relapse is your goal. Living a healthy, productive life is your reward.