5 Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse

Posted on :  April 21st, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Any good addiction treatment program will not only aid your journey through the tough early stages of recovery, but will also endeavor to provide you with the tools to manage your life after your detox program is complete.

This will include a tailored aftercare plan, and individualized tips designed to help you tackle that common recovery halter: relapse.

Recovering addicts respond differently to the world around them when they begin reintegrating into it, with some having to resist temptation at every corner, others remaining clean with relative ease, others suffering one substantial relapse, and others still suffering numerous relapses.

Relapsing is a common part of the recovery process, but it can be traumatic for the recovering addict. With that in mind, and since you never can be too prepared, here are five tips for avoiding addiction relapse.

Don’t test yourself

Many recovering addicts feel an overwhelming temptation to put their progress to the test, by spending time with people they associate with using, or in places where their drug of choice is easily accessible.

While this instinct is understandable, it’s not advisable to follow through. Similarly, try to keep your mood high – emotional tests can be just as risky as physical ones. You’ve been through a lot – don’t put yourself through more, even if you think you can overcome it.

Surround yourself with supportive people

One key aspect to changing your life after addiction demands that you let go of the people who facilitated your addiction.

Instead, you need to surround yourself with positive influencers who can provide you with a different environment which is symbolic of your new life, and give you a shoulder to lean on when you’re feeling tempted.

Put together a weekly itinerary

One of the reasons recovering addicts find their adjustment to post-detox life so difficult is that they can fill their days with dead time.

By creating a schedule that incorporates productive activities, fun, family time and recovery-related aftercare, you’re much more likely to keep yourself occupied and maintain the momentum you had during your program.

Stay motivated

Numerous recovering addicts find themselves approaching relapse when they lose their lust for recovery.

This is a common enough feeling – after all, approaching anything 10 weeks down the line with the same enthusiasm you did when you first started is tricky.

You can maintain motivation by continuing to attend meetings, or writing reminders to yourself – even telling yourself every day, out loud, why you’re doing this and how far you’ve come. Keep an eye on your progress and you’re more likely to stick with it.

Relapse is not the end

“Many recovering addicts fear that relapse signifies a return to square one. This is not true.”

It is a common part of the recovery process, and you need to tell yourself, if it does happen, that you’ve gotten very far before, and you can do it again. Always look forward and don’t berate yourself.

If you need further help with preventing relapse during recovery from addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

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  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.