5 Tips to Avoid Relapse
Completing a drug
addiction rehab program is a wonderful accomplishment. It is not, however, the
end of your recovery experience. What you do after drug rehab is just as
important—and in some ways, more so—as what you do during drug rehab. In point
of fact, maintaining discipline and obtaining proper aftercare is a critical
step in maintaining abstinence from drugs or other addictive substances
especially during the period of adjustment right after returning home.
Because drug addiction is
a chronic disease, warding off relapse and avoiding relapse triggers is a huge
factor in staying clean once you return home.
The weeks and months
immediately following rehab are the most delicate and critical times in your
life. Any reputable treatment program will have resources in place to help you
through this time after your treatment ends, but there are five things you
should keep in mind that will help you avoid a relapse:
1.) Don't bottle up your
feelings and let them build up inside of you; let them out instead. If you go
to support groups as a part of your aftercare support, use them to express your
emotions and feelings. This way, you'll be able to let off some steam and get
help from peers who are experiencing the same thing and mentors who have been
where you are.
2.) Get involved in hobbies
or other activities to occupy your spare time. Take up running, play an
instrument, volunteer at a retirement home, enroll in some classes at your
local college or university or learn how to paint. Don't let yourself get
3.) Avoid friends and
acquaintances that don't support your recovery and your journey away from
drugs. Surround yourself with family and friends who support you and can help
you if they see you starting to slip.
4.) Avoid situations that
may place you in the path of temptation. This includes physical environments as
well as emotional circumstances. If you must go places or be around people who
cause you to dwell on the time when you were addicted, be sure that you have an
"escape plan," so that you can get out as quickly as possible.
5.) Finally, if you do
slip up, don't think of it as a failure. Pick yourself up, and keep moving
forward. Don't let one slip become an excuse to return to an addicted
lifestyle. Rather, let it be a lesson and a reminder that you must remain
vigilant, resolve yourself not to let it happen again, and contact one of your
supportive friends, peers or mentors to help you through this tough time.
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10 Tips to Stay Sober
1. GET HELP!
How many times have you
said "I'm done, I'm never using again, I mean it this time, No more, It's
not worth it" etc. etc. and when you said it u REALLY meant it? You’re
not the only one! We all do it;
including me! Even with the best intentions I always failed. I swore up and
down I was never going to use again and I really MEANT IT! I hated who I was and the things I was
doing. Even with the most sincere desire
to change I failed time after time after time.
It took me a looong time to realize it was more powerful than me. I
needed help. Help is out there why not take advantage of it! Remember, IT TAKES
A STRONG PERSON TO ASK FOR HELP. IT IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS!
2. BE SELFISH!
What I mean here is you
have to be selfish about your recovery. Your recovery must come first before
your job, your family, your kids, your pets, your hobbies, your favorite sports team, money, whatever. It is a fact that whatever you put before
your recovery you will lose. It's only a matter of time! When I decided to make a change, I made
recovery my number one priority!
Everything else will fall into place if you focus on that one thing just
3. CHANGE YOUR PHONE
It sounds like a pain in
the neck. Believe me, it's a relief!
This will help to cut ties with negative influences and focus on getting
better. Lose all the old numbers and
start fresh. Guard your number with your
life and only give it to your necessary support group and whoever is absolutely
necessary. This is a huge step in
changing PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS you hear about so much. This was huge for
me! Especially in early recovery when I was the must vulnerable to relapse. Why
not eliminate that unnecessary temptation. Try it. It works!