Relapse Prevention Tips

how to prevent a relapse

Addiction and alcoholism can come knocking abruptly for some and takes its time deconstructing lives for others. One way or another, the day comes where we wake up and there is no denying there is some sort of a problem. It’s blatantly right in our faces and can’t be ignored anymore. Most of us have tried to deceive ourselves and live in a world of denial for the longest time. Eventually, the cat is pulled out of the bag and we have to choose between misery or recovery. Given the choice, it’s recommended to pick the sobriety side of the road.

So hypothetically, we begin traveling down this winding road of sobriety. The idea now is to stay on the road and not let the little speed bumps and interesting paths along the way deter us from our intended direction. Relapse can happen to anybody despite the amount of clean time that has accumulated underneath you. Knowing certain relapse prevention tips and constantly being on your toes can help make a world of difference.

From Out of Nowhere

For most of us, we become so involved in our addictions that we forget what it’s like to be civilized in a weird sense. Things that become the norm for addicts and alcoholics are not how the rest of the population does things usually. Us chemically dependent people forget that we live such oddly different lives that those who aren’t obsessing about getting high or drunk all day long. Picking up little general life skills that got passed by is a good way to keep yourself on the right track. When we start getting intoxicated regularly- food, sleep, and exercise are all pushed to the bottom of a list of priorities. Keeping these three things specifically in check is imperative to a rational thinking and operating mindset. When just one of these three things is lacking in a regular routine, it can cause mood swings, anxiety, and depression. These are three things to be wary about in sobriety because they are very large components to relapse.

What a lot of individuals fail to realize is that relapse isn’t just the act of picking up a drink or a drug but it is also the mindset the gets us there and also follows along with the usage. Relapse starts in the mind and is a conscious or subconscious thought process that has to be entertained. We begin to play with the idea of getting drunk or high or reminiscing about what it was like. Beware these thoughts because they are the dangerous ones that will bring emotion into the mix and completely throw you off guard. Then we continue to amuse this mindset over a course of time, sometimes unbeknownst to us because it feels so natural. Our brains begin obsessing over it. By it, I don’t just mean the act of getting high, but I’m referring to our addiction as a whole. Slowly but surely we start glamorizing and war storying or start lying and hanging out with people and places we know better than to be around. These are forms or relapse in a mental state and they are what lead most addicts and alcoholics to the point of picking up some chemical or another. Beware these thoughts and struggle with them to the best of one’s ability.

sober peers in a meeting

Learn to Combat the Urges

One of the oldest most cliché sayings out there pertaining to recovery is to do it one day at a time. It’s hard to accept this disease and recognize that it is a lifelong battle. Nobody wants to admit of an ailment that they’re stuck with for life and that’s okay though. The thing about being chemically dependent is that it is a life-long adventure, but being sober is not permanent. Most people in the rooms live by the mindset of “just for today” because it is easier to comprehend a 24 hour day than it is to analyze somebody’s entire life. Nothing in this world is permanent except for death. Knowing this and knowing that we are not shackled to recovery once we pick that route can be comforting to some. For others, it helps to alleviate anxiety and stress when they maintain the mindset of just getting through one more day. Sometimes the triggers and cravings can be intense enough to cripple somebody into such a manner. If we can just get through this next hour without getting high, then we’re hitting the intended goal- that’s the idea.

Another one of the most powerful relapse prevention tools is the power of voice. Reaching out to people, especially other addicts and alcoholics, this is how it was all started to begin with. Alcoholics Anonymous was started when two alcoholics, (Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob) sat down and started comparing and talking to each other about their drinking dilemmas. Upon relating to each other and sharing their stress and strife was when they were able to begin comprehending each other. It’s often when we begin talking about our issues and venting to another person, we start to feel some peace in our craniums. Just speaking with another addict or alcoholic can lessen the cravings or demented thoughts that may be appearing. Talking with somebody who has gone through something of similar note can be more than helpful. Bouncing ideas off of each other from the trials and tribulations can feel like a bonding fellowship of some sort. To some degree, everybody just wants to be understood, and when this is provided we feel some level of clarity. To not feel alone, that’s what we’re all striving for. It’s in our active addiction and alcoholism that we begin to feel lonelier than the number one as we lose hope for life. Recovery shows us that relapse prevention is possible and that the promises do come true if we choose so.

Preventing Future Problems

It can be intimidating to know that addiction and alcoholism are always right around the corner. At the same time, we cannot allow it to prevent us from living the lives we desire. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.