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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Avoiding relapse in your recovery from addiction

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Many addicts and their family often encounter huge odds when it comes to addiction. However, many addicts do go on to do well without relapsing at all. There may be those that will relapse and knowing what can contribute to relapse is winning half of the battle. When we fall off the proverbial horse we must commit to get back on again, else we go nowhere.
There are many things we can do to avoid having a relapse or at least improve the odds of a relapse. Here is a list of things a recovering addict needs to know to make relapse less likely.
  1. Avoid triggers- Triggers, are people, situations and , places where your addiction was allowed to flourish. These people are likely fellow users still using, or dealers still dealing or friends of those who are still addicted. Situations that are triggers are any that are stressful, or were stressful prior to your recovery.
  2. Remember what you were taught- If you were lucky enough to get into a good treatment program, chances are you were taught a lot of life coping skills. Refer to their message, write them down and make them a part of your new credo.
  3. Continue outpatient therapy- Many times an addict falls back into addiction from simply not having the proper support after the fact.
  4. Consider moving- Many times old places, people and things are just too powerful as triggers to make continuing to stay in the same area a successful part of recovery. If you find that the temptations are too strong or beyond what you feel you can safely control, consider moving to a different area. You may also consider a stint at sober living as well.
  5. Make new friends- You may have to establish a new network of friends, and the best places to do this is in drug and alcohol free environments.
  6. Stay busy- This may sound over simplified, but steady employment, and even volunteering to help others is a great way to find new strength from within. It is important for a recovering addict to find their place in society among the giving and the productive. It does a world of good for their self esteem and their ego which may have been a big part of their downward spiral into addiction. Do not rule out going to school as another additional option. The bottom line is, in the world of sobriety lies a world of new opportunities and that is the new life, every recovering addict needs for true lifelong happiness.
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