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Handling The Triggers

Knowing How To Avoid Temptations


There are numerous ways for reducing the percentage of lures although it is hard to stay away from them after therapy for dependence is completed.

Your life can turn around if you decide to seek assistance to break your reliance on drugs. Just as mustering your courage in undergoing treatment, your focus in staying clean and resisting the urge depends on your commitment to getting well.

Although it can really be daunting, fighting off the urge requires an iron will and you are good to go as long as you stick with your recovery game plan.


Resisting drug or alcohol shortly after treatment is the first step on the road to recovery and the struggle has only just began with one or two victorious resistance to temptation.


Being Aware Of Your Triggers

Treatment situation is the defining step of recovery from addiction, the balance of future planning depends on it. To control and keep away possible provocations, dependence retrieval counsellors work with patients to inspect the provocations that caused the compulsion and deal with them while attending the course of the therapy program.

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Although most triggers are common among addicts, there are few that are specific to some patients only. Common ones:

  • Maintaining Friendships With Those Still Using The Substance
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Extreme Emotional States
  • There may be the desire to overcome some negative feelings such as stress, dejection, and unnecessary worries by using drugs or taking alcohol.
  • Negative Home Environment
  • Pull of the past revives previous addiction, if you continue to engage in compromising behaviours that triggered substance use in specific settings and in the company of the occupants of the place.
  • Social Situations
  • Continued exposure to events or circles where access to alcohol and other drugs are uninhibited also contributes to a relapse.
  • Someone who is in the early stages of recovery should obviously avoid any social environment in which substance abuse is common.
  • Rooted Childhood Shocks
  • Abuse of drug may start from a simple desire to use drugs to cope when faced with challenging situations from childhood, negative experiences, or a family that is nothing to write home about.

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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Creating A Plan To Prevent Relapse

Patients can start getting clean starting residential therapy programs which have a highly organized surrounding. That is the reason strategic discharge plan for continued therapy program outside the environment is critical to prevent relapse in unstructured surrounding.

Great effort is needed to make the plan effective and achievable in case of eventuality. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.


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 solid and structured plan will include:

  • Speaking to a supportive member of family, or close friend to help you in times when temptation is the hardest.
  • As an example, removing everything in the dwelling place that can provoke a high if taken by mouth like cold medication, vanilla extract, concealed bottles of booze, etc.
  • A Written List Of Previous Provocations
  • Keep you eye on the prize by compiling a list of potential stimulants such as places, people, and others that can put your determination to the test.
  • Strict Compliance To 12-step Programs And Support Assistance
  • 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
  • Physical fitness, eating nutritious diet, and having enough sleep are activities poised to speed up recovery process.
  • Addiction will often result in mental and physical desperation, so you need to focus on bringing both to a healthy natural balance.
  • Attending 3 to 6 months of an outpatient program.
  • 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.
  • It is also helpful to prepare a visual aid listing all the cons of reverting to abuse and the benefits of maintaining sobriety.
  • keep the list with you for whenever you crave for the addictive substance as it will help your to remember why you have expended so much time and other resources to break the addiction.

Recovery And Support System

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. Falling into relapse does not mean you have failed, keep on trying.