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Avoiding Drug and Alcohol Addiction Relapse

5 Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse

Recurring drug use and dealing with relapse is a major challenge to individuals who have undergone treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. At times, the thought of a future relapse itself may be scary to an individual. This, however, should not worry an individual as there are ways of avoiding and dealing with relapse.

Avoiding Triggers to Addiction:

Individuals are encouraged to avoid situations that could risk the return to the addictive behavior. Different individuals have different emotional triggers that could lead to relapse. It is necessary for individuals to exercise caution and become aware of these triggers as they increase their vulnerability to drug abuse.

Individuals should avoid associating with friends, relatives or other people currently abusing drugs or are active addicts, exposure to highly stressful circumstances, places that had influenced them to use drugs in the past, and emotional traumas such as fear, and anxiousness among others can trigger relapse. Learning to cope with stressful circumstances and control over cravings is important in preventing a relapse.

Building Positive and Formidable Support System:

An individual’s relationships play a major role in their recovery process and sobriety. Positive and caring relations encourage individuals to commit fully to addiction treatment and recovery and helps them overcome temptations to abuse drugs again. Unhealthy and negative relationships should be dropped however difficult that may be.

Scientists have proven that joining support groups, engaging in community work voluntarily, and other social activities are helpful in curbing relapse. Individuals who engage in such activities have fewer chances of relapse compared to those who don’t join such support systems. Creating healthy relations and support systems helps in recovery and provides companionship especially in time of vulnerability.

Positive Change in daily habits:

It is advisable for individuals to develop new, positive and healthy habits as a replacement for old habits involving drug abuse. Scheduling daily activities and prioritizing important parts of one’s life such as family, work, employment, and practicing good care for oneself by eating a balanced diet and having health checks is important on the road to recovery and sobriety.

With a well-structured daily living, it is possible for an individual to create clear goals and achieve them. Lack of proper precautions and clear routines could expose one to the risk of a relapse. Clear routines help eliminate idle and boring moments that could encourage individuals to revert to drug use as a coping strategy.

Ensuring Continuous Motivation:

After treatment, most people are highly motivated. They actively engage in activities that discourage substance abuse. Over time, they develop complacency and lose focus on important aspects of life. Developing, pursuing and attaining objectives, however, small or large they are, empowers individuals and enables them focus on recovery and avoiding relapse.

Having a Positive Attitude Towards Relapse:

A relapse may be disorienting and devastating for individuals to deal with. Others may view relapse as an abject failure. This, however, should not be the case. Relapse should be taken as a chance for an individual to learn from their mistakes. Instead of worrying, one should focus their time and energy on recovery and remaining sober. A positive attitude also helps the individuals to seek help and begin working through a recovery program after relapse.

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