Prevent Addiction Relapse
Take the Steps to Prevent Addiction Relapse
It is much easier to get sober than it is to stay sober. You may have gone through treatment many times, but just can’t manage to stay sober. This can happen for a variety of different reasons, but it’s important to stay diligent about your recovery once you leave treatment. You may have been filled with all of the knowledge about addiction, but if you don’t take the necessary actions then you will most likely relapse. It takes a lot more than trying to empower yourself and resist your substance of choice based on willpower alone.
Look for the Warning Signs
One of the most important things you’ll learn in treatment is what your triggers are. Addiction is a mental illness that doesn’t want you to get better. It’s made you use even when you don’t want to. Most addicts use when they’re sad, angry or happy because it doesn’t really matter what type of mood they are in. Your brain and body have become so dependent to your substance of choice that sights, sounds and smells can also trigger your using. The best thing you can do is find something else to do when your cravings are triggered because over time it will get easier to manage.
Find ways to Reduce Stress
One of the biggest triggers any addict can have is stress. Life in general can be very stressful. Whether you’re worried about money, your relationship or your job, stress is bound to hit you at any given moment. Something as simple as being stuck in traffic can stress you enough to make you want to use. The best way to reduce your stress is to realize that your problems aren’t anything that you can’t handle. Simply take everything one step at a time. The more you’re able to reduce your stress, the easier managing your stress will become.
Creating a Support Group
The best way to stay sober is by building positive relationships with people who understand that you’re trying to recover from the disease of addiction. This can easily be done by attending Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings because people who want to help you stay sober will surround you, and they can help offer you solutions for your daily problems as well. You can also find plenty of support from people who aren’t addicts as long as they understand that you must not be involved in toxic situations.