Relapse is always a risk for someone who has gone through an addiction. Even the strongest of sobrieties can be easily threatened by a trigger in your environment. It’s important to be aware of triggers around you, because all it can take is the slightest misstep to thrust your addiction back into the forefront of your life. Sometimes the cravings can be too much to resist when we experience a trigger, so being aware of what they are and avoiding them at all costs is paramount to a successful recovery.
Watch Your Temper: It’s normal to feel on edge, or even have emotional outbursts and mood swings during recovery. The chemicals in your mind and body are fluctuating wildly after addiction, so it’s normal to experience some unexpected emotions. However, don’t let them cause you to make a mistake that you’ll regret. Recognize your emotions and rein them in to prevent a relapse.
Manage Stress: Stress can easily make someone want to turn back to drug and alcohol abuse. Whether it’s family stress or something in the workplace, the smallest stress trigger can set into motion a relapse. Be careful, and don’t be afraid to take a step back from what you’re doing or who you’re with to relax and de-stress.
Old Places and Friends: Sometimes, all it takes to relapse is a reminder of what your life once was. Old friends who you used to do drugs with can make cravings and temptations far stronger. If you visit an old bar or house where you did drugs, a trigger is right around the corner. Stay away from old drinking buddies or places where you got high. It’s nothing but a relapse waiting to happen.
There are plenty of triggers you’ll experience during recovery. Some are unavoidable, so it’s all about being prepared and knowing what to expect. With the right preparation and mindset, you can easily have a relapse-free recovery.