4 Common Relapse Triggers (And How To Avoid Them)
Going through an inpatient or outpatient program can be long and difficult. But if you stick with it, you'll find yourself better off at the other end. That said, being out and on your own has its own challenges. Relapse, such as with drug addiction, can be as high as 90% post-treatment. You'll feel the urge to go back to your former ways. If you relapse, you'll need to go through the recovery process again. These are the most common triggers for a relapse and how you should avoid them.
Above all else, stress is the leading cause of a relapse. Cutting out stress is difficult. So learning to deal with stress is a must. First, you'll need to focus on managing your time effectively. Exercise and a healthy diet defuse these issues, too. And, as a bonus, they improve your sense of wellbeing.
Your memory creates connections between people and places. Certain locations you used can triggers bad memories. The same goes for people, too. It is best for you to cut out people whom you weren't that close to. This means moving to a new apartment or avoiding certain locations. But whatever it is, your sobriety may depend on it. An aftercare program can get you connected to the best resources.
Did someone at work say something that hurt your feelings or made you upset? If so, these negative feelings may lead to a relapse. Hard times cause many people to turn to food for comfort. Drugs and alcohol may be your "comfort food". You need to turn to other options to fight your bad feelings. This is another area that exercise can help with. Being in a group and seeing a therapist are good, too. These provide instances to talk through your feelings.
So everyone is out celebrating. You want to join in, but it connects mentally to your former usage. Whether drugs or alcohol, this is the problem area. Alcohol abuse has its origns in scenarios like these. It may take time for you to feel comfortable enough to enjoy parties. Seek out a healthy friend instead. Someone who understands and wants to have a safe celebration with you.