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What are Some Common Relapse Triggers?

Relapse triggers are everywhere. Some are more common than others, and all vary from one addict or alcoholic to the next. You may relate to some of the following, and others you may not. Pay attention because addiction is cunning, baffling, and powerful. Any one of these and more, can sneak up on you, and before you know it, you are right back in the throes of addiction.

  1. HALT – If you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, you need to put yourself first and fix the problem. You should do everything you can to prevent any one of these from happening, but if they do, eat, blow off steam, call a friend, or sleep.
  2. People, Places, Things – Avoid the people, places, and things that trigger drinking or using emotions. Anything that reminds you of drinking and using, is dangerous territory. If your gut is telling you it’s not right, listen to it.
  3. Stress – Stress can be a big trigger for people in recovery. Remember the stress management skills taught in treatment, and use them. Exercise, meditation, yoga, and laughter are all helpful stress relievers.
  4. Over-Confidence – If you begin to think, “I got this,” you’re already in trouble. Complacency in recovery is a weakening of defenses, and your disease is slowly creeping back in. Beef up your recovery, and humble yourself.
  5. Using Other Substances – For instance, if you’re a heroin addict and you continue to drink alcohol, your risk of relapse is substantially higher. Stay away from all addictive substances.
  6. Trying to Return to “Normal” – People who have destroyed their lives, then work hard to get them back to how they were, are missing the point. Obviously, something was wrong with their lives before, and that something needs to change. If it stays the same, they’ll be right back to where they started.
  7. Isolation – As addicts and alcoholics, we isolate. Our disease pushes everyone away because it doesn’t want anyone interfering with its intention of killing us. If you begin isolating in sobriety, get yourself back out there. Tell friends to hold you accountable. Don’t withdraw from your tribe.

Relapse prevention is vital for your recovery. If you don’t stay vigilant, you could be in trouble very quickly. If you’re already in trouble and can’t stop drinking or using, we can help. At the Serenity Recovery Center, our detox medical professionals will help you transition off drugs or alcohol safely, and comfortably.

You don’t have to suffer any longer, come detox in our state-of-the-art detox center where your comfort, safety, and privacy are our top concerns. Give us a call, we are available toll-free at (844-339-6964). Your life can change today, and you can recover.