Addiction can be a monstrous disease. It slowly seduces the individual and drags him/her into a unique lifestyle where nothing matters except consuming. It doesn’t matter if it’s alcohol, drugs or even prescription medicine; it can also extend to seemingly more trivial things like television and internet. To put it short and drastic: Any kind of behavior can be abused to the point of addiction.
Sounds terrifying, and it should be. In this day and age anything that is not impactful doesn’t have the privilege to be registered in our brains and thus it’s often easy to miss signs that we are being absorbed into an addictive behavior pattern. This is precisely why addiction can be such a terrible and crippling disease, it sneaks onto the person and letting go of it is one of the biggest struggles people face on a day to day basis. However, people can let go of it if they have the conviction, the willingness to fight it and the support of their inner circle to help in said struggle. What happens then after fighting it, after saying no, Is it enough? Is the person cured? Sadly the answer is a very resounding NO.
Recognizing you have a drug addiction problem and need help is a fantastic first step, but after that one step there comes a plethora of others and it’s easy to get lost somewhere along the lines, specially if you are not being guided. Most recovering addicts are prone to use or drink again, this is known as relapsing. Relapse happens for a number of different reasons and it’s one of the hardest struggle addicts face, here we are going to detail 4 tips on how to avoid and prevent relapsing while being in recovery.
1. Recognize and Avoid Situations That Can Trigger You
Whether you are willing to admit it or not, no one knows you better than yourself. Be honest with yourself about what kind of situations tend to led you in a path of consuming. Think it over and recognize what groups of friends your most destructive behavior always shine with, what kind of places you often visit after work hours or in the weekends; what kind of specific situations have conducted you to be your worst.
Having a grip in this will help you to not only avoid these situations but it will also open gates that were previously closed in your mind. So if you ever find yourselves in those kinds of situations you will be able to react, detach yourself from the situation and prevent relapse.
2. Find an Outlet
One of the biggest culprits for relapsing are stressful situations. An individual going through recovery is a very vulnerable individual due to the fact that addiction has shattered all the foundations the person’s life used to be built upon. For this very reason, a person going through recovery is only starting to build new foundations and these can be easily shattered if a situation is dramatic or heavy or stressful enough, resulting in relapsing because the person can’t think of other options to alleviate themselves.
That’s why it’s important to find outlets that can enable you to vent off and thus help you bring those new foundations to a solid state where they won’t be so easily shattered. Take up a hobby, find something to be passionate about; people going through recovery tend to find the gym very therapeutic or engaging in physical activities such as kickboxing or tae kwon do. Yoga and meditation also help tremendously. It’s up to you though, have a moment to reflect about what moves you and what your instincts tell you is best for you.
3. Take Good Care of Yourself
Just as addiction is a very sneaky and tricky disease, recovery can also be a tricky process. There’s no real guaranteed step by step. That if you do specifically “this and that”, then it is for certain you won’t have the temptation of consuming anymore; or the even worse lie: “you will have control over your problem”. To put it bluntly addiction is not something you control, it’s something you overcome.
Nonetheless there are steps you can decisively take in order to help boost that process of overcoming addiction. Without doubt one of the most important ones is adopting a healthy lifestyle. Practice sports, go to the gym or even just changing your diet enough so that you ingest more nutritional food will mark a tremendous difference in how your day to day goes. After a while you’ll realize how you don’t even think about consuming anymore because all this nutritional things are fulfilling you in a more enriching way now.
4. Find Support
Support is one of the essential pillars while going through recovery; and it will be your number one anchor to prevent relapsing. Whether it is from family and friends or from a really good support group; which are not mutually exclusive, it’s even better if you have both. They will be the people you reach out to in those situations where you feel at a loss, unable to figure out what to do; when the only logical conclusion is to consume drugs or alcohol, they will be the ray of sunshine calming the storm in your mind, they will help guide you through the toughest moments.
Finding Peace Within Yourself
Relapse is one of the most difficult obstacles to tackle while going through the whole process of recovery and it will continue to haunt you even afterwards. But with the right tools and mindset a formidable foe can be transformed into nothing less than an annoyance and be ultimately written-off; just having this tips in mind will help forge a way into a brighter tomorrow, addiction and desire free. If you know someone who is going through this process share this article with them. Have you experience relapsing in the past or you know someone that has? Share your experience with others in the comments below!