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What Is Relapse?
Relapse is a return to drug-use after a drug-free period. Most people who struggle with addiction will experience one or more relapses. Preventing relapse is a part of recovery.
Some Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Relapse:
- Choose a treatment program that has a significant number of continuing care options and actively utilize these services.
- Be actively involved in your own treatment.
- Choose a living environment that is supportive of your recovery—such as a sober house.
- Find a recovery support group and stay actively involved—not just in meeting attendance, but social activities (fellowship) as well.
- Obtain a sponsor.
- Don’t underestimate your disease. Pay attention to your body, thoughts, triggers and surroundings.
- Develop strategies for situations that might jeopardize your recovery.
- Always have an escape plan if you find yourself in uncomfortable situations.
- Keep your routine. Structure and routine are an important part of recovery.
- Involve loved ones in recovery activities.
- Include people in your life that are supportive of your decision not to drink or use drugs.
- Don’t expect others to change.
- Practice releasing resentments and moving forward for your own peace and serenity.
- Help others.
- Don’t expect perfection from yourself. Recovery is a journey. Take time each day to celebrate where you are today and appreciate the recovery process.
- Ask for help.
- Call Progress Valley (Recovery Coach or Clinical staff).