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How is Relapse Avoided?

Treatment for addiction is short term.  Staying as an inpatient is only temporary.  Each person in treatment will have varied success due to individual needs.  Success in recovery is not only depicted by whether the person suffering from addiction avoids relapse.  Accomplishing recovery can only be measured by the individual.  When the person decides avoiding relapse is the only guideline for a successful recovery, the chances for achievement are slim.  The value of knowledge to not relapse will, without a doubt, improve the potential.  Knowing other factors in play will also elevate the possibility for victory.  

The Triggers

A person in recovery needs to understand personal triggers.  Triggers are memories, people, or objects which influence the individual’s cravings for drugs and alcohol.  The triggers can develop anywhere, at any time.  Preparations for counteracting cravings and triggers are what aids the individual in building personal strengths and avoiding relapse.  Visiting places and people associated with previous habits of using drugs and alcohol will impair a person to control temptations.  Coping skills taught in treatment will help the individual, only when practiced.  When the person in recovery is not actively exercising coping skills, the chance of relapse is higher.  Triggers and cravings are not always present.  Writing in a journal, going for a walk, and eating healthy are a few of the many coping skills practiced on a daily basis.  The routine will strengthen the individual’s ability to control temptations.  

Breaking Old Habits

Habits are actions an individual continues to practice on a regular basis.  Repeated behaviors are intensified as the addiction grows.  Drug and alcohol cravings become stronger the more an individual participates in using.  During treatment, a person in recovery is taught about mind-space.  People can only think so many thoughts in one day.  Filling up the mind-space with positive actions and thoughts will help the person avoid relapse.  Focus on changing old habits develops strength in recovery.  Coping skills and hobbies take up time and avoid boredom.    

Other Factors

Other factors which affect recovery include spiritual growth and relationship understanding.  When the spirit is restless, the risk of losing focus on recovery is greater.  Isolation and broken relationships will inhibit an individual from human connection.  The life skills promote living a happy lifestyle.  Balance and stress management can help a person in recovery develop the energy needed to continue on the journey.  When relapse does happen, the person with an addiction can understand that recovery isn’t over.  Relapse is a common hurdle many people face.  Restarting the sobriety counter is not a failure, just a setback.  

Resilient House is a community that encourages you to continue a successful recovery, no matter the level of risk of relapse.  Supportive staff is always available to answer your questions about addiction recovery.  Find the support you need by calling 833-change1 (833-242-6431).