Addiction is a chronic disease, which means that fighting it and staying in “remission” is a lifelong battle. When a person has suffered with and overcome an addiction problem, it’s important that they’re aware that the potential for relapse exists, no matter how long they’ve been substance use free or how committed they are to the recovery process.
Each person who enters drug and alcohol rehab begins a journey that not only helps them recover from addiction but also helps them understand what brought them to the point of alcohol or substance use in the first place. This includes identifying triggers which may lead to a relapse further down the road.
While each journey is different, there are relapse triggers that pose a risk to almost every person who is recovering from an addiction. Here are three relapse triggers you should know:
If a person misused drug or alcohol in social situations, learning how to be comfortable and interact in social settings is a major component of their recovery process. A person may find that their constitution weakens in social situations, even if they’ve been drug and alcohol free for years.
It’s important that a person recovering from addiction not engage in any social situation that makes them uncomfortable. It’s also important to have an escape plan and someone to hold them accountable, especially in the early days of recovery.
Stress is a regular part of life and can’t be avoided completely. For a person who is recovering from an addiction problem, stress can sometimes serve as a trigger for relapse.
There are different types of stress, so it’s crucial that each person understand which types of stress makes them more susceptible to a relapse. For instance, a person who used alcohol to cope with workplace stress will need to develop healthier coping mechanisms to deal with work related tension.
Addiction can destroy a person’s self-confidence and sense of self-worth. Rebuilding this confidence is a key part of the recovery process. While healthy self confidence is important, it’s a double-edged sword that can also create a trigger for relapse.
The reason for this is that a person who is well established in their recovery can reach a point of overconfidence in their ability to resist temptation and not fall prey to common triggers. They might also feel that they can safely handle one drink or using a drug just one time when old friends visit from out of town. The truth is that no person who has recovered from an addiction problem is ironclad in their ability to avoid a relapse.
Recovery Begins with a Holistic Approach
When it’s time to seek treatment in a drug or alcohol rehab center, you want to work with someone who considers the whole person when developing a treatment plan. Drug and alcohol recovery isn’t a single, narrow path but rather one that demands a holistic approach. When you’re ready to take the first important step, Bayshore Retreat is here to help. We provide an intimate environment and an individualized, holistic approach to recover. Contact Bayshore Retreat today to learn more.