Learn how detachment from your local environment and the proper aftercare therapy largely contributes to minimize the possibility of an undesired relapse.
Drug addicts and alcoholics are prone to relapse. It is often heard that relapse is part of the recovery process, but it is absolutely not a requirement for recovery. It is important to understand what leads to drug or alcohol relapse in order to put necessary tools in place to avoid it. While relapse triggers are individualized, there are some commonalities.Drug addicts and alcoholics are prone to relapse. It is often heard that relapse is part of the recovery process, but it is absolutely not a requirement for recovery. It is important to understand what leads to drug or alcohol relapse in order to put necessary tools in place to avoid it. While relapse triggers are individualized, there are some commonalities. 1. Emotions. Fear, stress, anxiety, frustration and depression can lead to relapse because addicts have used drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms in the past. It is critical to learn healthy ways to cope with emotions that don’t involve drugs. 2. Old People and Places. It may be necessary to change the people and environments addicts engage with as they are often associated with substance abuse. It is helpful to hang out with others in recovery and in drug and alcohol free places. 3. HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. The acronym is used to describe high-risk situations and when addicts are aware of these states, they can become vigilant in preventing themselves from getting there. 4. Stress. Stress could possibly be the number one relapse trigger because of its broad range of effects on the mind and body. HALT can lead to stress, as can a thousand other circumstances such as losing a job or the death of loved one, increasing responsibility at home or work and health problems. It could also arise from getting a promotion or a new job.The key is being proactive about stress prevention and being honest about what causes stress for you as an individual. 5. Overconfidence. Becoming overconfident in recovery puts you at risk for relapse. Having self-confidence is necessary but becoming overconfident to the point of complacency crosses a line from healthy confident to overconfidence and puts you at risk. Stay humble and keep your recovery program first. 6. Mental or physical illness. Physical illness and pain can put you at risk of relapse. It is critical that you share you are in recovery with your doctors and be insistent about not receiving addictive prescription drugs. 7. Social isolation. The more isolated you become, the easier it is to rationalize drug or alcohol use. Social anxiety may be a struggle for many, which is why having a counselor and sober support is critical in helping you avoid social isolation. 8. Sex and relationships. New romantic relationships can put you at risk of relapse. A break up could lead you back to using due to the emotional toll it takes. A potential crossover to sex and love addiction to fill the void left by sobriety also increases the risk of relapse. Remind yourself why it is recommended to avoid dating and new relationships in early recovery. 9. Reminiscing about or glamorizing past drug use. If you do this in a way that overlooks the pain and suffering caused by your addiction, this should be a red flag. Play the tape through and remember the consequences.