The Importance of Focusing on Preventing a Relapse

At Discovery, we care for clients in all stages of their recovery journey. One of the most difficult experiences that can occur is going through a relapse, but there are a number of ways you can train yourself to succeed against temptation in these instances. Learn more below about ways of preventing a relapse, and let Discovery walk with you to recovery.

  1. This Too Shall Pass: Though the temptation to begin using again may feel unbearable at the time, it likely will not last for longer than a half hour. If you can get through that half hour, you can get through the craving and back on track for the life you’re working so hard to achieve. Get your mind off the desire to use, and onto anything else— go outside and be active, volunteer for others, or call us at Discovery. Even a walk around the block will likely be sufficient in making this huge problem seem much more manageable. Knowing that you can beat it is half the battle.
  1. Trigger Happy: More than anyone else, you know what makes yourself tick, including the reasons why your personal triggers come and go. Taking stock of these instances during therapy is a vital tool in understanding particularly difficult times when you want to use, and then arming yourself by learning how to avoid them. If you can cut out particularly damaging triggers entirely, it will provide you with more freedom to continue moving safely through life.
  1. Get Active: Go to the gym, go for a run, but make it part of your routine. Forming new, positive habits are hugely powerful in breaking toxic old ones. Partnering with a gym buddy will make this particularly effective if you ask them to hold you accountable for working out with them. Get your brain rewired to plan for exercise each day instead of using, and you will quickly find the benefits popping up throughout your daily life.
  1. Think Positive: More than just a flippant feel good philosophy, you can use meditation to your great benefit. Though it may be difficult at first, this practice can be so grounding that taking simply an hour out of your day can become one of the most important ways to fight off a relapse. Center yourself around your goals and your day as it begins and ends and your brain with literally change into a more positive force for good in your life.
  1. Look for Love: If the above hasn’t worked for you, or you really need help to prevent a relapse, pick up the phone and call a friend, hotline, or especially us here at Discovery. There are so many people fighting for your success, and want to make it possible.

At Discovery, we want to make your recovery as smooth as possible, and are here to help. Call us at 800-714-2175 for help with relapses, triggers, or to begin seeking treatment options. We care about your success, and we’re here for you.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy 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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