Unfortunately, while the goal of addiction treatment is to gain sobriety, most individuals who enter treatment will relapse. That’s because there is no magic pill for addiction. While treatment is effective in helping individuals establish a lifestyle free of addiction, there is no cure. So, for those who do choose to enter treatment to learn how to live free from substance abuse, it’s extremely important to focus on how to prevent relapse. Fortunately, there are a few things individuals can remember that can help them ward off relapse and stay on the road to recovery.
Identifying Personal Relapse Triggers
A relapse trigger is anything that may provoke an individual to revert back to using their addictive substance of choice. These triggers may differ from person to person. Relapse triggers can include hanging out with specific people, being in a certain setting (bar, part, etc.), and experiencing deep emotions. During treatment therapy sessions, individuals can work to identify their personal relapse triggers so they may be prevented in the future.
Find the Support You Need
Recovery never ends. So, the need for support never ends. When you finish treatment, support should still be sought. A great way to continue recovery support efforts is to establish a relationship with a support group. Surrounding oneself with others in the recovery community is essential to gaining support from like-minded individuals. 12-step programs like SMART Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous, just to name a few, are group-based support systems. These group settings allow people to come together, share their stories, and work on establishing relationships with others in recovery. And, encourage those who attend to continue with their recovery efforts through motivation and increased accountability.
Preventing Relapse with Exercise
Sure, exercise is a good way to get the mind off cravings for drugs or alcohol. But, even more, exercise is proven to stimulate the same brain responses individuals experience during drug use. This response provides many benefits like an increase in energy, mood, and self-confidence. Furthermore, this stimulation can help to reduce cravings and, in return, reduce the chance of relapse. So, get whether you like to walk, swim, lift weights, or ride your bike, it’s important to implement exercise into your recovery lifestyle.