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Dealing With Triggers

Knowing How To Avoid Temptations


Staying away from "triggers" that can cause a relapse and undo everything you have learnt in treatment can be tough, but there are steps you can take to low the chances of this happening.

Your life can turn around if you decide to seek assistance to break your reliance on drugs. Dedication to keep away from the drug is when proper retrieval starts to take place while dependence therapy clinics give support on detox and alleviation.

A new and abstemious life will begin the moment that provocations are recognized and a suitable reversion avoidance plan is made despite lures being a dangerous trap.


Feeling the desire and momentary weakness to the point of almost succumbing to the itch yet again is not far fetch.


Being Aware Of Your Triggers

Developing a roadmap to your recovery should take place while you are still undergoing rehabilitation. In the course of treatment, addiction counsellors assist patients examine and identify triggers prompting inclination to substance abuse and point them in the direction of post discharge steps to manage withdrawal symptoms and avoid possible relapse.

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Although most triggers are common among addicts, there are few that are specific to some patients only. Here are few of the uncommon triggers among recovering addicts:

  • Keeping Bonds With The Addicts.
  • Going to places where alcohol and drug are available will threaten your determination to break addiction to these substances.
  • Emotional States
  • Residual depression or anxiety that are left unaddressed greatly predisposes the recovering patient to relapse.
  • Living Conditions
  • Another factor that may arouse the desire in you or stimulate the prevailing condition that made the use of these addictive drugs and sedatives common is going back to the same environment, that will weaken your resolution to keep off those substances.
  • Social Surroundings
  • Being in a social situation where alcohol or drugs are being used can trigger an ex-addict into falling back into relapse.
  • You should avoid social scenes in which drugs and alcohol are accessible during initial stages of recovery.
  • Reliving Childhood Distress.
  • Ex-addicts that have a deep-rooted childhood issues can easily go back into relapse if they are struggling to rid these memories.

You can get to the root of this problem and identify a solution to it if you can seek the assistance of a counsellor.


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Making A Relapse Proof Plan

Inpatient programs have routines and activities that give distraction and sense of direction to recovering patients. Getting involved in an outside treatment program is the best way to avoid unwanted obstacles that may stand in your way of a new and sober life.

Of crucial and priceless importance is the work to propose an operative strategy. This requires individual soul searching and collaboration with counsellor to set up elaborate plan to outshine people, places and items that could derail the desired soberness outcome.


The situations brought about by the shift from rehab to a real-world environment can be anticipated and a good plan can be developed out of it. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.

A good prevention action plan should include:

  • If you don't want your recovery to have any hitches, ask for help from a friend or family.
  • Vanilla extract, bottles of alcohol, or anything that may.
  • A Physical List Of Your Anticipated Triggers
  • Keeping a list of things, people and places to avoid in order to keep your sanity are important to make the process easier.
  • Adapting consistent schedule such as 12-step is the way to go.
  • Being honest with those around you, attending 12-step meetings and keeping communication will help construct good support and reliability for your recovery.
  • 12-step programs are crucial in creating connections among people who are committed to abstinence.
  • Taking Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • This will involve constructing a fitness plan that will envelope a clean and healthy structured diet, and a regular sleeping pattern.
  • You must ensure that your overall well-being is maintained as the dependence on drugs and alcohol will have affected you both mentally and physically.
  • After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
  • Any activity such as yoga, receiving professional advice, biofeedback, and assistance from people that will help you to continue making progress will be encouraged.
  • It is imperative that you find a solution to what will trigger cravings for the drug or alcohol again like when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, according to the H.A.L.T. rule.
  • Make a list of the negative things you have experienced whilst addicted, and the positives of being sober.
  • Make the list available for reference whenever you face a challenging situation on the recovery road for as a reminder to keep your eyes on being sober.

Finding Support In Recovery

Regardless of all the planning you put into this, there is still the possibility you can go back and relapse on the substance. If this does occur, do not think of it as the end of the road to recovery - instead use it as a learning curve, figure out where you went wrong and fully understand how hard the task a head will be, have more determination, get more support. You don't fail when you break your determination to stay clear of these substance.