Avoiding Relapse & Staying In Recovery

One of the major factors that can trigger a relapse is the people
you have in your life. The people that surround you are a reflection
of yourself. When you leave treatment, you are no longer the person
you once were, but are instead a brand new version of yourself. If
you go back and hang out with the friends or family members that got
you into trouble in the first place, you are setting yourself up for
failure.
One’s environment is another factor. Your living space is another
contributing factor for relapse. Most former active addicts lived
in an area that had easy access to their substance of choice. It is
highly recommended that you move into a sober living house or
transitional living home for a short period of time. These places
will not only help you adjust to life outside rehab, but they will
give you a support group of like minded individuals who are
trying to stay the same course.
Another factor that puts you at a higher risk for relapse is the
lack of a support structure. When you’re in treatment, you are
held to a tight schedule, and not many people can deal with life
after rehab because their lives lack direction and accountability.
There are two ways of going about making your own support
structure. The first is getting a counselor that you meet with on a
regular basis, the frequency of which is entirely dependent upon
your needs.
The additional path is looking for and finding a support group.
This is the more casual route to take since you can have a
support group be a group of well grounded friends or a spiritual
center like a church, temple or mosque. In fact, many spiritual
centers have support groups designed specifically for people
like you who are looking for accountability. There are also long
standing support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and
Narcotics Anonymous who have a great track record and a
great mentoring program which helps maintain sobriety and
reduces the risk of relapse
Being involved with a sponsor or mentor in your first year of
sobriety is crucial. Having a support group around you to keep
you accountable is one of the most powerful tools for you to use
in recovery tp avoid relapse. Knowing that you have a team that
is rooting for you can help in keeping your cravings in check and
keep your mind focused.
In order to keep mind sharp, one could also participate in some
mental exercises. This can include mediation and physical exercise,
and while that may seem like an odd pairing, both have been known
to release dopamine and serotonin into the brain that allow your mind
to relax. These chemicals come naturally, and when combined with the
rush of endorphins, can create a potent package that will help heal the
damaged portions of your brain. The more you do these two things, the
better off you are going to be over time in decreasing the odds of a
relapse.
Volunteering your time can be one of the most rewarding experiences
because you are actively helping to improve the lives of others.
Going to your former clinics and support groups can help you
not only deal with your daily struggles, but help others see what
recovery can look like and know that they are not alone. If you
want an extra incentive to stay the course, choose to work at a
low bottom or indigent recovery center. These places will show
you the worst of the worst and remind you about how far you’ve
come in your journey. Also, one can attend conventions and events
for AA, NA and NAMI to further educate yourself and reach out
to other addicts.
Also, knowing who you are is the best way to combat addiction. To
know how you are doing, whether you are happy or sad means
you can tell when you are having trouble keeping yourself
on the straight and narrow. Relapse occurs when you allow
certain behaviors to slide. You’ll fall into habits you shouldn’t
do anymore and you will soon be hitting the bottle or your drug
of choice again. Keeping yourself in check and knowing when
you’re slipping is important because you can get help before a
relapse occurs.
Being active in your recovery is vital. Thinking that you are able
to maintain a sober lifestyle without any work being put into it
can end in relapse. One must be diligent about their new lease
on life and protect it from the demons you know all too well. If
you are able to work on this, and keep doing it, you’ll find that
you’ll be the experienced one at the group meetings with years
of wisdom under your belt. The road to recovery never truly
ends, and success is a war without end, but the little victories
will add up and pay off every time.

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