Avoiding Relapse and Temptation in Recovery

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and treatment for addiction varies for each individual based on individual needs. Treatment programs teach clients how to focus on healthy, sober activities as a way to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, or PTSD. The coping mechanisms that you learn in treatment must be used throughout recovery to maintain a new, healthy, sober lifestyle. Avoiding relapse can be very challenging, or very easy depending on how bad the individual wants to live a clean and enjoyable life.

Tips to Prevent Relapse & Overcome Temptation

The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without depending on drugs or alcohol. Lifestyle changes must be made to have success in recovery.

  1. There will be challenges throughout recovery that increase the risk of relapse.
  2. Avoid situations that heighten the temptation to use your substance of choice.
  3. Stay away from people, places, and things that are associated with drug or alcohol use.
  4. Call a sober friend or relative who can encourage you to stay sober and talk to you when cravings are intense.

 Relapse is not a sign of failure. Addiction changes the way the brain functions, and affects mental and physical health.


Avoiding the Mental Obsession and Drug Cravings

Taking the steps to recovery can be very overwhelming and cravings can be strong. We offer a leading edge program called amino acid therapy that helps alleviate some of those urges that we encounter during early recovery. To avoid relapse, discover new healthy, sober activities or hobbies.

  1. Journaling is a great way to help you recognize your success in recovery and identify how you worked through past triggers.
  2. Writing also allows you to reflect on positive experiences throughout your journey in recovery.
  3. Exercise promotes physical and mental health, and good nutrition is extremely important for your overall health.


Addiction Affects the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Addiction changes your mind, body, and spirit. Relapse can heighten feelings of worthlessness, self-doubt, and guilt. It can make you feel like giving up. Never give up because of a relapse. Everything about you changes, but you can recover from addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. Do not wait to ask for help. Addiction is incurable, but treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Take the first step toward a new, rejuvenated, healthy lifestyle in sobriety and get help today.

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