Knowing How To Avoid Temptations
Although dealing with post-rehab triggers can be challenging, there are tricks that help in resisting the urge.
Deciding to turn your life around and seek help with addiction is a pivotal changing point. Your determination to succeed in your fight is the most important thing after a rehab facility has assisted you to remove the toxin as well as help you remain calm.
Although it can really be daunting, fighting off the urge requires an iron will and you are good to go as long as you stick with your recovery game plan.
There may still be temptation to fall back into the same old habits that put you in rehab in the first place, the struggle is real and something a lot of people experience when they first finish their treatment program.
Recognizing Your Provocations
The moment someone is undergoing therapy is when a crucial phase of retrieval planning occurs. Throughout the patient's stay in addiction treatment programs, counsellors will help them figure out what their trigger points could be and what led them to becoming addicted in the first place, once this has been identified they will put together a prevention plan to help keep the patient away from their triggers.
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Although most triggers are common among addicts, there are few that are specific to some patients only. They include
- Maintaining Friendships With Those Still Using The Substance
- Attending venues where drug and booze consumption are very common.
- Excessive Emotional Outbursts
- Residual depression or anxiety that are left unaddressed greatly predisposes the recovering patient to relapse.
- Conditions Of Living
- Pull of the past revives previous addiction, if you continue to engage in compromising behaviours that triggered substance use in specific settings and in the company of the occupants of the place.
- Social Activities
- Gatherings in which alcohol and drugs flowed freely spark off craving for substance use.
- Everywhere where drug or alcohol is used should be an "off-limits" for an addict who is just trying to break the destructive habit.
- Reliving Childhood Distress.
- Traumatic abuse and other undesirable childhood experiences are also potent triggers for patients to revert to their old habits.
You can get to the root of this problem and identify a solution to it if you can seek the assistance of a counsellor.
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Making A Relapse Proof Plan
There are residential treatments that will offer a very well structured place for patients to be able to stabilize their recovery without any risk. Knowing that this kind of environment is only temporary, it is advised to craft a plan that would function as a deterrent or diversion to any triggers when outside the centre.
This exercise should not be side-lined and should be given time and effort. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.
Going from a controlled treatment facility environment back into a normal way of living can be challenging, but this should be considered and planned for, allowing you to anticipate anything that might pop up. Figuring out how to stay sober in a daily routine is the main goal for developing a relapse plan of prevention.
A proper strategy would be as follows
- Speaking to a supportive member of family, or close friend to help you in times when temptation is the hardest.
- As an example, removing everything in the dwelling place that can provoke a high if taken by mouth like cold medication, vanilla extract, concealed bottles of booze, etc.
- A List Of Anticipated Triggers
- Keep you eye on the prize by compiling a list of potential stimulants such as places, people, and others that can put your determination to the test.
- 12-step Meeting and Sponsored Help
- Constructing a care system and liability with sincere and open communication.
- Another positive side of the 12-step process is the opportunity to gain friendly association with people who will contribute to the success of the treatment you receive from the centre.
- Change To A Healthy And Better Version Of Yourself
- Eating well, sleeping whenever is appropriate, and engaging in workouts are some of these 12 points.
- Addiction will often result in mental and physical desperation, so you need to focus on bringing both to a healthy natural balance.
- Attend outpatient programs for 3-6 months after treatment discharge.
- Patients that just got clean will benefit from enduring therapy aspects like counselling, biofeedback, yoga, and general help.
- H.A.L.T. acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired is the best rule of thumb to adapt in managing distressful situation that could influence daily life and lead back to addiction if not closely examined.
- It is also helpful to prepare a visual aid listing all the cons of reverting to abuse and the benefits of maintaining sobriety.
- Make sure that this list is kept handy as you will never know when you need reminders of the bad aspects you felt when addicted to the substance.
Recovery And Support System
There is the tendency to go back to the drug or alcohol despite all these plans. Abstinence gains a major importance once you have fallen back to the substance because it is a sign that the first phase of retrieval is very delicate. Little setbacks can sometimes bring you to your senses.