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Tips for Relapse Prevention

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed cure for addiction. Furthermore, there is not a person alive who has suffered from addiction who is immune to the risk of relapse. As such, each person must adhere to a rigid set of tips for relapse prevention in order to get clean and stay clean for life.

Relapse occurs when a person in addiction recovery gives in to cravings or triggers and drinks or takes drugs. A relapse does not necessarily mean that the user will dive back into a pattern of substance abuse. Therefore, anyone who makes a mistake can get back up and keep going.

Tips for Relapse Prevention

Below are some tips for relapse prevention and how you can keep going with your recovery.

Identify High-Risk Scenarios

A high-risk situation may include the following:

  • A bar or establishment that serves alcohol
  • Spending time with a certain person or crowd
  • Attending an event where alcohol is present
  • Being alone or isolated for too long
  • Feeling stress at work
  • Conflict with family, friends, or coworkers

Many of these high-risk situations can cause triggers, which, in turn, cause you to want to drink or take drugs.

Manage Your Emotions

One of the core concepts in almost all types of addiction treatment therapy is learning how to identify and manage your emotions. More specifically, your therapist may guide you through emotion management in specific situations. Once you complete rehab, you must learn to manage your emotions in the real world.

Managing your emotions can be challenging when you are faced with conflicts at home, at work, or with friends. Or you may have to deal with stressful situations such as work responsibilities or personal finances. Learning how to apply what you learned in therapy to real-world situations can keep your stress level and triggers at bay.

Form a Recovery Support Network

Nobody stays sober on their own. They require help from at least one strong and influential person who they are accountable to. This is especially helpful during the early stages of recovery. If you are going to be successful in preventing a relapse, then you need to form a support network. Your network may include:

  • Your therapist
  • Rehab alumni
  • Support group
  • Sober living house at our partner facility
  • Family
  • Encouraging friends

You may also want to reach out to a life coach, mentor, counselor, or a minister who can provide additional encouragement and resources for helping you stay on track.

Maintain a Balanced Life

In truth, even when your life is balanced it doesn’t stay that way for very long. However, maintaining a balanced life is more of a mindset or a lifestyle than it is achieving perfect balance. The premise of maintaining balance is to not allow any aspect of your life to get out of control.

This means putting a limit on how much you work. It also means spending more time with friends, family, or personal interests. It also means managing your money, your physical health, and your mental health. Balance and routine can help you stay focused on your goals and prevent chaos from leading to a relapse.

Learn More About Relapse Prevention at Renaissance Recovery

Whether you are just starting your treatment or getting ready to complete rehab, relapse prevention is essential to lifelong recovery. Renaissance Recovery offers comprehensive treatment for all types of addictions. Our goal is to help you reach your goals and get on the road to a sustainable recovery without relapse.

Learn more about tips for relapse prevention as well as how to get started with your treatment by calling us.866.330.9449

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country