Information about Relapse Prevention Activities
Relapse is an unfortunate circumstance that will normally occur once an addict has undergone treatment. Like other chronic diseases, addiction comes with relapse. Asthmatics have attacks and flair ups and addicts suffer relapse. The key is learning to identify what, exactly, the triggers are for the recovering addict. Some days are easier than others – any addict will tell you that. Sometimes, however, you may need some reminding and brushing up about your disease. A positive thing to do would be to practice relapse prevention activities. If you need assistance finding aftercare programs, contact WhiteSands Treatment at 877-855-3470
5 Relapse Prevention Techniques
In order to have a successful recovery, one should engage in relapse prevention activities and become familiar with relapse prevention techniques. These things can help take your mind off the urge you are experiencing to pick up a drink (or use drugs) – or they can be geared toward staying away from certain situations.
- Avoid being around drugs and alcohol. When I became sober, I had to avoid any type of gathering – regardless of what sort of event it was – if I knew that there would be any alcohol there. I skipped every pool party that summer because I knew there would be a cooler of beer or pitcher of margaritas. I did not relapse at all that first summer. Sometimes, as extreme as it seems, you must avoid something all together until you are strong and ready.
- Always have a solo cup in hand. As silly as it sounds, when you are ready to go to parties or certain places again that you could not go to at first, what always worked for me was carrying a cup around so that people would not offer me a drink (I still do this five years later). People are ignorant and will offer you a drink even if they know you are an alcoholic. You turn down a rum and coke and they, in turn, offer you a beer, because beer is not liquor. I have heard all kinds of things. So, I just carry my own drink around to avoid that all together. It works.
- Stay in therapy. After you complete your rehab, you must stay in contact with a therapist (or psychiatrist, if you have a dual diagnosis and need medications). Becoming sober after years of abusing your body with drugs is a feeling that I cannot explain. However, all those emotions that you tried so hard to numb or masque, are waiting for you once you are sober. You feel everything now and it would be wise to have someone with which to discuss them. You must work through your issues in order for them not to overcome you once again.
- Have patience. Even with therapy – things will not suddenly be better. After you have completed a rehab program you should have realized this. Some days are better than others. Some days you will want to jump out of your skin. When this happens, go to the gym, go for a walk, go see a movie, call someone, do anything except be alone. This could be disastrous for someone in recovery. When you are having a bad day, the worst thing you can do is sit alone in your house. Maybe plan a small getaway… just please do not pick up or use again.
- Realize that your symptoms are normal Many people who go through treatment and recovery are very successful. Please note, however, that it is not easy. It is normal to feel depressed or feel resentful. Remember that these feelings will eventually subside. Do not be too hard on yourself and know that it takes time.
There is no one way for how to prevent relapse. If you are wondering how to prevent relapse, try engaging in relapse prevention activities as they can be extremely helpful. Relapse prevention activities could save your life because a relapse could be very dangerous.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.