So you’ve detoxed and gone through addiction recovery. The hard part’s over, right?
Yes and no. While you now have the tools to face living your new life free from drugs or alcohol, it’s vital to avoid a relapse, or the temptation to slip up and fall back into substance abuse.
The best way to prevent returning to addictive behavior is by working to identify your particular triggers that could push you to use.
While avoiding some triggers can be within your control, life isn’t exactly always so predictable. Usually what causes you to relapse is an unexpected event, such as a bad breakup, a death in the family, a sudden work issue or any other number of stressors that could spring up.
At The Mend, we teach you how to identify your own particular triggers and then arm you with a plan of action to help avoid relapse so you don’t keep repeating the same tired patterns.
First and foremost, get in touch with your sponsor whenever you’re triggered and sense you may be in danger of relapse.
Know when and where you can attend a meeting, and always have a list of contacts of people in your life you trust in case you need to call for help.
Try to understand what works to calm your mind when facing triggers, whether it be meditation, reconnecting with why you chose to get sober in the first place or any other effective strategy.
Maintaining your sobriety after detox and rehab can, at times, feel impossible, but learning your triggers and how to deal with them could be the difference between life and death.
If you’re experiencing a relapse, or just hoping to begin recovery with the help of a detox or treatment program, contact one of The Mend’s care coordinators to discuss your options.
If you’re still not sure whether you’re ready to quit drugs or alcohol, take our 10-question quiz HERE.