The temptation to relapse is difficult for someone with an addiction. During recovery, you need to prepare for challenges that put you at risk of relapse. This includes avoiding people, places, and things that relate to your lifestyle of using drugs or alcohol.

Learning relapse prevention skills can help prevent high-risk situations. Here are 5 ways to prepare for challenges in recovery:

  1. Identify your triggers. The urge to use drugs or alcohol again can be strong enough to cause a relapse. Avoid people, places, or things associated with your drug or alcohol use. An old friend can unknowingly put pressure on you to have just one drink. He or she might have good intentions, but one drink turns into several resulting in a relapse.
  2. Build your resources and support. Get support from sober friends and family and let them know if you feel the urge to use drugs or alcohol again. They can encourage you to stay on track to sobriety. Keep attending group meetings after treatment ends. Many friendships are established through meeting other sober people to count on for support.
  3. Stay busy. Keep your mind occupied so there is less time to think about using drugs or alcohol. Find a hobby or activity that interests you or get involved with sports. Join a gym and workout every day. Working out not only keeps your body physically fit, but also improves mental health.
  4. Learn what causes a relapse. An emotional event such as a break up with your loved one or friend, or a death in the family can cause a relapse. When something tragic happens, you might think about grabbing a drink. Emotional events mixed with drugs or alcohol is not a good combination.
  5. Recognize mental health and stability. People with a mental illness are more prone to using drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. If you have depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, or ADHD, got to a doctor who can prescribe the right medication for your condition.

If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you need to get help now. Cypress Lake Recovery specializes in treatment for addiction and addictive behaviors with a mind, body, and spiritual approach to therapy. Make the call today and save yourself from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Recovery is possible. You can enjoy life without toxic substances.

Cypress Lake Recovery offers treatment for addiction, addictive behavior, dual diagnosis, and mental health conditions in a serene, remote, lush-green environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 866-217-2636