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Get to Know Yourself and Avoid Relapse

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By August 20, 2018

Get to know your stressors

You learned in rehab that everyone deserves to live a healthy, sober life. You also learned that one of the most important aspects of addiction recovery success is understanding how to react to tough situations in a healthy way. One of the ways you can begin to shape your behavior in this way is to simply pay attention. Begin to identify the way you feel when stressful situations come your way. Try to watch for a full spectrum of emotional reactions. How do you feel as the situation begins. Do your emotions change as the moment progresses? After some hindsight do you find that your emotional perspective is drastically different from when the situation began? The more you pay attention to your instincts, the more you’ll be able to assess the situation more objectively even while you are in the thick of it.

 

Let yourself feel

Allow yourself the permission to feel your feelings without censorship. If you try to shove your emotions down without processing them you take yourself one step closer to relapse. The tendency to hide the way you feel, or even repress emotional response altogether, like a Star Trek Vulcan, can be a huge contributing factor for drug and alcohol addiction. When a person feels like they can’t express themselves, they may start to feel alone. Even if they are surrounded by loved ones, if they feel like a stranger to those people because they can’t share their deepest feelings, it could ultimately lead to wanting to numb those feelings. They may try to forget their pain or medicate it away by consuming intoxicants.

 

Discovery InstituteIdentify conflict or problems quickly

When you’re intentionally alert to the way you’re reacting to the world around you, and the triggers to the stress which causes reactions within you, it is easier to see conflict coming. In being able to identify problems early you’ll strengthen your relationships. You’ll also become more confident in your ability to deal with tough situations because, like with sobriety, conflict resolution is easier every time you do it well.  

 

Don’t Hide Yourself Away

Relapse is a real threat if you’re not attending to your continuing recovery. In order to really focus on your healing, be sure to keep an open dialogue with the important people in your life. Hiding away, secluding yourself, almost asures relapse. Loneliness is one of the biggest contributing factors to drug and alcohol addiction. And not talking with people about your struggles reinforces a feeling of shame that often buoys addictive habits.

 

Are you or anyone you know are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, and are seeking sober living in New Jersey? Discovery offers the best New Jersey rehab. We are here to listen and guide you through to the first steps of hope. Please call us at 844-478-6563.

 

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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