Maybe the most alarming thing for an individual in recovery to experience is a relapse. It is a rock bottom moment that immediately feels like all your diligent work has been to no positive end. For starters, when drugs or alcohol have taken hold of you once more, there is trepidation of experiencing the detox process again. It was not pleasant the first time, and you know it will not be any better the second time around. You will think about whether you can overcome your addiction this time. The more you relapse, the more these reasons for fear to creep in. It is obviously easier to remain sober than it is to deal with a relapse and have to get sober all over again. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself from falling back into old habits:
Remind Yourself that the Temptation is Fleeting
The idea or thought of using again that crosses your mind will often subside within just half an hour. It usually passes, so stay strong! Rather than struggling with the circumstance and the emotions you are feeling, get busy doing something to distract yourself. You can go for a walk, go to the gym, call a friend or sponsor, or even just clean your room. Before you know it, the feelings will subside, and you will be okay.
Know Your Addiction Triggers
In treatment, you'll find out about your own personal triggers that subconsciously urge you to use. What are the difficulties or challenges in your life that make you feel that you need to use again? Is it being in a certain location, a circumstance at work, or being around a specific person? When you take the time to realize what your triggers are, you can master the art of avoiding them. If certain aspects of your life dictate that you are unable to stay away from them entirely, have a personal plan in place for when you recognize the urge to use so that you can avoid a potential relapse.
Reflection and Meditation
The more you practice a mindful approach through meditation and personal reflection, the more you will change your brain and ways of thinking in a positive manner. Mindfulness meditation is one of the most effective methods one can use during recovery. Despite the fact that it is difficult to do at first, if you stick with it and practice daily, you will find that it becomes an essential part of your day.
Physical activity has been proven to help with remaining sober because as you work towards a healthy lifestyle, your mindset changes and adjusts in such a way that using drugs or alcohol is no longer attractive. You get endorphins from exercise that help your mental state and overall, the healthier you become, the less you will feel a need to use.
Reach Out – If you are in a situation that you truly feel like you need to use and you feel like you can not get through that yourself, call a trusted source for help. This may be a friend, a sponsor, your spouse or significant other, or an addiction hotline. Make the conscious effort to talk it out so that you get the advice and support you need to maintain your sobriety. If further counseling or support is needed, there are options and solutions to help.
Getting Help with Evolutions
Think about all the work you have done to get to where you are today and stay focused on all of the positive things that have come back into your life along with your sobriety. If you need additional support, we may be able to help. Call 1-800-795-8527 to learn about our Extended Care services at our Fort Lauderdale treatment center.