10 Relapse Prevention Tips

10 Relapse Prevention Tips

Life is a guarantee that is certain: nothing is guaranteed and it’s certain that it isn’t. The part that’s essential to life is remaining aware as to what is and isn’t out of your control when it comes to understanding such confusion. The only guarantee is life is a life worth fighting for. The sun will rise up, the rain will pour down, and birds will chirp- all things that are going to happen whether we like it or not. 

For those in recovery, knowing all about relapse prevention tips and being conscious of yourself creates all the difference in the world for maintaining recovery. Most of us find ourselves here when our usage and debauchery finally catches up and the necessary steps are needed to keep the ball of life moving. This usually entails dropping all forms of drugs and alcohol from the table and enrolling ourselves into some sort of anonymous program. Then we start working the 12 steps, getting a sponsor, and participating in various addiction services- sounds familiar?

Of course, most of us are all too versed in this drill. We know what we’re supposed to do, but can we commit to the concept 100%? 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 your clean time and the fear of using that revolves around it. Knowing certain relapse prevention techniques and constantly being one step ahead of your addiction is the only true way to refrain from the powerlessness and unmanageability at hand.

When the Clock Strikes Midnight

What a lot of individuals fail to realize is that relapse prevention isn’t just abstaining from picking up a drink or a drug, but it is also the mindset that comes along with sobriety. The performance of relapsing starts in the mind and is a conscious or sub conscious thought process that has to be entertained- the same goes for relapse prevention. We begin to play with the idea of getting drunk/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. Our brains begin obsessing over that feeling of euphoria that we so readily crave and we begin the process of relapse without realizing it. Relapse prevention means having to go that extra mile and putting effort into things like

  • Calling somebody when cravings are heavy
  • Going to meetings when you least want to
  • Avoiding old friends and playgrounds
  • Finding new hobbies and forms of entertainment
  • Utilizing therapy

Beware these thoughts and struggle with them to the best of one’s ability. When the clock strikes and this occurs, leave your glass slipper behind and run. Addiction is the ugly step sister that wants you to remain miserable.

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The Reality of Tomorrow

Most people in the rooms live by the mindset of “just for today” because it is easier to comprehend a 24 hour day in terms of relapse prevention than it is to analyze somebody’s entire life and looking so far into the future. Nothing in this world is permanent except for death. For some, 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. Knowing this and knowing that we are not shackled to recovery once we pick that route can be comforting at times. The demand isn’t going anywhere- narcotics and booze will always be here.

Find Your Voice

Another one of the most powerful relapse prevention tools is the right to be heard. Reaching out to people- especially other addicts and alcoholics is how recovery started. 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 little sliver of clarity. A few other things that might help to provide that piece of mind are

Whether it’s another addict, a therapist, or your higher power- just speaking with another can lessen the cravings or demented thoughts that may be appearing. Recovery teaches us that we’re not alone and relapse prevention shows that this is something we can actually accomplish. To some degree, everybody just wants to be understood. 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 push away loved ones and the part of ourselves that seeks righteousness. Relapse prevention is possible if we are willing to take action.

Proper Problem Prevention

Addiction and alcoholism cause a slew of problems in our life that will never get better unless acknowledged. Relapse prevention takes challenging the beast of alcoholic thinking head on. In a backward way of thinking, relapse cannot happen unless we are to get clean first. If you or your loved one is ready to leave substance dependency behind and start this way of life, please call 888-481-1993. 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.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    11/06/2019

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