The goal of addiction recovery is never to use drugs or alcohol again. Yet, to ensure that does not happen, treatment programs need to provide support for recognizing and planning relapse triggers. This care includes providing access to a relapse prevention therapy program in most cases. Because this can derail your efforts and lead to readmission into treatment, it’s critical to work closely with our team at Sunflower Wellness Retreat to avoid relapse. Call our treatment program today at 855.730.8825 to learn how we can provide support for you.
What Are Relapse Triggers?
A trigger is something that causes a person to think about using drugs or alcohol. Triggers can be people, things, experiences, thoughts, or even just stress. When they occur, they bring back memories or create a craving for the drugs again. That’s why determining what these are and then learning to avoid them is critical.
Common relapse triggers include:
- Stress: Daily life can be stressful, and without coping methods for it, the risks of relapse are higher.
- Connected Locations: Place you used drugs or alcohol or people you used with can also be triggers, especially if they continue to use drugs or alcohol.
- Negative Thoughts: Negative thought processes lead to negative behaviors.
- Exposure: Being around the substance you used can also increase relapse risks.
- Holidays: When holidays used to include the use of drugs, this can be a factor.
- Poor Health and Care: People who are hungry, alone, not eating nutritious food, not getting exercise, or not getting exercise are at a higher risk of relapse.
In addiction recovery, each person needs to outline what their specific triggers are. This part of care is available during treatment in counseling sessions. Working to understand your personal relapse triggers is an empowering step towards controlling them.
Controlling Relapse Triggers
The next step in the process is learning how to control those triggers. Sometimes, that seems easy such as not going to the places where you used to use. Other times, it is far more complex such as managing people you live with daily. In therapy, you’ll learn how to minimize trigger exposure and, when it’s not possible to avoid them, how to manage them.
Managing stress is perhaps one of the most uncontrolled triggers. At times, it’s not possible to avoid frustrations at home, work, or in other areas of life. There are strategies for controlling them. These strategies include working to combat the stress with healthy habits, getting exercise to burn off the stress hormone, and doing enjoyable things.
Another relapse prevention strategy is controlling negative thoughts. During treatment, you’ll learn how to recognize negative thought patterns as they are happening. That allows you to change them or control your behavior better. It is often harmful or inaccurate thoughts that lead to a wide range of complications for relapse, including self-destructive and depreciating thoughts.
How Does Relapse Prevention Help?
Within relapse prevention therapy, you’ll learn strategies for overcoming stress, negative thoughts, challenging exposure, and proper self-care. Individuals also learn through programs such as:
- Individual therapy treatment
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Trauma therapy programs
- Holistic therapy programs
- Recreational therapy programs
Each one of these therapies builds skills in preventing relapse. They help you know how to stop negative thoughts or, if they do occur, to get help for them. One of the keys to long-term success is understanding that thinking about using drugs or alcohol again can be a trigger in itself. If you catch yourself thinking about using, it is crucial to consider reaching out for immediate help from one of your therapists here. Relapse prevention is always available to you.
Find the Support You Need at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
An investment in relapse prevention ensures your long-term health and wellbeing. If you’re at risk, contact our team at Sunflower Wellness Retreat for one-on-one help and guidance. Our team is ready to call when you call 855.730.8825 or connect with us online.