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Breaking Bad Habits: Avoiding Relapse After Rehab

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As National Recovery Month came to a close this past September, it is important to continue to help those who suffer from addiction obtain long-term recovery. After breaking bad habits in treatment and leaving an inpatient rehab, some individuals may face challenges that could result in a relapse back to drugs and alcohol. Attending a half-way house, or sober living community, is highly recommended to those just leaving rehab for this specific reason. Transitioning back to life through an extended care program will greatly benefit an addict and alcohol in long-term recovery.  Although there are several factors that can contribute to an individual’s relapse who do go home right after treatment, it can be prevented.

Breaking Bad Habits Relapse Triggers

Breaking Bad Habits Of Stress Returning to everyday life may come with some additional stressors, especially if the addict/alcoholic is returning to the same people, places, and things.  The desire to have a drink or drug to cope with the stress of life is a high risk for those just leaving treatment.  While there is no way to avoid stress completely, learning to manage it in a healthy way while surrounded by support is a huge step toward breaking bad habits. Implementing relaxing techniques such as controlled breathing, or taking up a healthy activity like yoga or kickboxing can help relieve stress while continuing through the recovery process. It is also crucial for an addict and alcoholic to have a support system in place so that they are not alone as they transition back into life without drugs or alcohol.

Old people, places, and things For many addicts and alcoholics, leaving rehab and returning to their normal lives means there is a great risk of going back to old habits.  Since addiction takes over a person’s life, many people find that their old friends are still using drugs or alcohol. These kinds of friends and family members can act as catalysts toward relapse, hurting ones long-term recovery plan.  It is important to set boundaries with these friends and it is equally important to develop new friendships (or supports) with others on the same recovery path.  Working a program of recovery in a 12-step meeting is also a great way to build a strong foundation and maintain lasting sobriety.

Experiencing Loss To cope with the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of a job, the first thing many people turn to is drugs or alcohol.  The feeling of self-pity can be one of the most difficult to overcome. This can lead to attempts at numbing the pain with substance abuse.  The first thing for an individual to realize is that time — not drugs or alcohol — is what will allow these wounds heal properly.  The best way to get over breaking bad habits and any loss is to spend time proactively bettering your life through sobriety. Many also find it beneficial to continue their therapy after inpatient treatment by going to a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP.)

Boredom For some individuals, their lives before recovery were spent doing most activities under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Some people find going back to these everyday activities, such as watching a favorite sports team, very dull when they are experienced without the stimulation of alcohol and/or drugs. This feeling is experienced most by individuals in the early stages of recovery. In these early stages it is important to add new goals and activities to keep busy and feel accomplished.  Joining a 12-step fellowship is an excellent way to get involved in the recovery community so that there is less time to think and more time spent in healthy activities while being surrounded by sober support. Eventually life without drugs or alcohol becomes more fulfilling than it was under the influence.

Celebrations Not all triggers for relapse are negative.  Attending a party or social event and trying to stay sober when others are partaking in drinking or drug use can be extremely difficult.  These are times when having a sober support group, sponsor, and the attendance of 12-step meetings becomes even more critical.  Having someone there to chime in about the long-term interests of staying sober is crucial to lasting success.  However, the easiest way to avoid the temptation in early recovery is for the person to avoid the situation all together.

Breaking Bad Habits & Finding Recovery

Long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a reality for anyone willing to breaking bad habits and seeking help. If you are looking for help in breaking bad habits of drugs and alcohol, please call us now at 1-800-861-1768. There is hope after drinking and drugging and you do not have to walk this road alone.

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