Know Your Triggers to Avoid Relapse

Posted on :  March 4th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

After you have given your time and energy to recovering from your addiction, it is wise to be aware of the common triggers that can bring a relapse. Falling into relapse often takes recovering addiction unaware, so learning about the triggers and understand what triggers could be your potential weaknesses can help keep you on the path to success. Addiction recovery is difficult to manage twice, and it is even more difficult if you have to go through it a second time.

For most people who are recovering from any type of addiction, there are several common triggers. These are a few:

Joining up with old friends and the old favorite places. The most difficult place for recovering addicts to go is the places they went when they were high. These places bring back conflicting thoughts and feelings that can make the brain want the euphoric feeling again. If you do go back to the old haunts, you will most likely run into the people who you got high with and they most likely are still getting high. The best way to avoid visiting the old places and the old people is to spend your time with people who are leading a healthy lifestyle, just like you. The new friends you meet while you are recovering will help keep you on the path to success.

Thinking that “just one” will really be just one. If you think that you can have one glass of beer or a hit of your favorite drug and then walk away, you are seriously mistaken. For most recovering addicts, it only takes one sip, puff, or snort to get back on the road to addiction. While you are recovering, it is best to avoid going places that might offer temptations. These places could be weddings, work parties, and other celebratory events where people might imbibe, smoke, or snort. If you stay home or spend your time with people who are dedicated to remaining sober, you will not be tempted. There is no reason to test your willpower. You only need to be true to yourself.

Staying in harmful relationships. While you are in recovery, you are working on making yourself better and healthier. If you have to work on yourself and a relationship that wreaks havoc on your recovery, you can believe that either you or the relationship will suffer even more. It is best to let go of the relationships that break you down and make you feel horrible. Some recovering addicts, who are unable to let go, often end up going back to drugs just to get away mentally from the relationship. You should only surround yourself with people who will support your journey to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Making poor choices. When you are dedicated to getting sober, there is nothing wrong with going all-in. Making poor choices about your diet, sleep habits, and leisure time can make recovery take longer. While defeating your addiction, you can make your entire lifestyle healthier by eating real, unprocessed food; making good choices about your sleep and wake cycles; and building a healthy body by exercising during your leisure time. With a healthy body, mind, and spirit, you will be able to conquer your addiction before you know it.

Entering into nerve-racking commitments. While you are recovering, you could take on a goal that you have always wanted to accomplish. But, it is not a good idea to enter into too many. When you take on too many commitments, you only add stress to your life. You have enough stress just taking care of yourself on a day-to-day basis. The best idea is to add balance, not to tip the scales out of your favor.

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