Stopping using drugs or alcohol when you’re an addict will be one of the hardest things you ever accomplish. Sadly, once you get clean, you’re not out of the woods. You then need to avoid suffering from a relapse.
No matter how sure you are that you’ll never go back to drinking or using drugs, relapse is also a risk. Relapse can be triggered by many factors, such as stress or peer pressure. You never know when the temptation to relapse might strike.
This is why you need to have a relapse prevention plan. This article lists 3 key aspects of a successful relapse prevention plan.
1. Find a New Passion
Being an alcoholic or a drug addict is almost a full-time job. The drama and complications around securing drugs can take up hours of your time per day. Once you get out of drug or alcohol rehab, you might be shocked by the amount of free time you have.
One of the key parts of preventing relapse is finding new ways to spend your time. If you don’t, you’ll likely relapse out of boredom. On the other hand, when you pursue a new passion, you’ll have the motivation to stay clean.
For example, let’s say you start learning guitar. This could give you the perfect motivation not to drink. If you feel tempted to drink, you might be able to persuade yourself not to, as it would leave you unable to play.
2. Share Your Thoughts
Humans are social creatures, and it’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to face life’s challenges alone. Your addiction recovery plan should always include time for social interactions where you can share your thoughts with someone sympathetic.
This could be trusted friends or family, or you might consider going to a group meeting such as alcoholics anonymous. If you don’t have a support network in place, it’s likely that you’ll struggle if you feel tempted to use drugs or alcohol again.
3. Avoid Risky Situations
When you’re in recovery, certain situations can be quite risky. For example, you might need to avoid drinking or going to bars – even if you were not an alcoholic. Drinking can lower our inhibitions and lead to reckless decisions. I
If you get drunk as a recovering drug addict, you run the risk of experiencing a relapse. You might also need to cut certain people out of your life. Interacting with people who are still addicts is incredibly risky when you’re in recovery.
A Relapse Prevention Plan Can Keep You on the Right Track
As an addict in recovery, you’ll almost always feel tempted to relapse at some point. Without a relapse prevention plan, you might struggle to stay on the right path.
The good news is that with a solid plan in place and a good support network, the chances of you maintaining sobriety are high. If you want to learn more about other addiction-related topics, take a look at some of our other blog posts.