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Relapse Prevention: Strategies to Avoid Triggers

Coping is defined as the thoughts and behaviours used to manage the internal and external demands of situations that are appraised as stressful. Moreover, people who have coped successfully with high-risk situations are assumed to experience a heightened sense of self-efficacy4. Outcome expectancies can be defined as an individual’s anticipation or belief of the effects of a behaviour on future experience3.

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Part of challenging addictive thinking is to encourage clients to see that they cannot be good to others if they are first not good to themselves. Probably the most common misinterpretation of complete honesty is when individuals feel they must be honest about what is wrong with other people. I like to tell patients that a simple test of complete honesty is that they should feel “uncomfortably honest” when sharing within their recovery circle. This is especially important in self-help groups in which, after a while, individuals sometimes start to go through the motions of participating. In late stage recovery, individuals are subject to special risks of relapse that are not often seen in the early stages.

  • With abstinence (or even reduced use), the individuals tolerance level for the drug decreases; resorting to using prior (e.g., pre-relapse) doses of opioids can cause overdose and death.
  • Later, when using turns into a negative experience, they often continue to expect it to be positive.

Identifying Your Personal Triggers

  • They want to prove that they have control over their addiction and they are not as unhealthy as people think.
  • Clinical experience has shown that individuals have a hard time identifying their high-risk situations and believing that they are high-risk.

By implementing physical exercise and a balanced diet, one can improve their quality of sleep. This can be done by setting up and following a structured sleep, exercise, and eating schedule. By doing this, one can retrain the body to sleep better and will also help reduce the risk of relapse. Your doctor or an addiction treatment center has treatments to control withdrawal symptoms. A therapist or counselor can teach you coping skills to deal with the negative thoughts or cravings that may be driving you to use again.

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Doing so will help you quickly identify and deal with them before they become too overwhelming. You can also find ways to replace old habits with healthier activities. Skin monitors have also been used to detect alcohol use but are limited to alcohol, expensive, and usually only available to individuals in the criminal justice system. The more committed you are to the process, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.

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Regardless of the reasons behind a relapse, it’s crucial to understand that it doesn’t signify failure. Each attempt at lifelong sobriety serves as a valuable learning experience and a step in the right direction. With the right support and the essential tools for recovery, the next attempt could be the one that endures. If someone has already undergone a treatment program with counseling and therapy but continue to relapse, it might be time to explore alternative care or enter an extended, intensive treatment program. Trauma may not have been adequately addressed, necessitating more effective techniques or a longer duration of treatment. Top-quality care should consist of a team of knowledgeable, empathetic professionals capable of helping someone confront their past and equipping them with strategies to handle painful memories and emotions.

Relapse After Recovery

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