After recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction, it can be hard to kick thoughts away that doubt your sobriety. This can be a scary idea when you realize how hard you’ve worked to get and stay sober. To avoid a relapse of any type, it’s incredibly important to understand the contributing factors to relapse and how to avoid them.
Lack of Purpose and Boredom
They say an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, and that certainly holds true with those recovering from an addiction. A lack of purpose and overall sense of boredom can lead you back from where you came. It’s important to fill your time with constructive, healthy habits that don’t allow for thoughts of addiction to creep back into your mind.
Inability to Handle Stress
Everyone has stress in their life, but it’s how you choose to respond that makes the difference. Some choose to tackle their problems head on or discuss issues with loved ones, while others turn to drugs or alcohol. Those with past addictions are more apt to turn to the latter in stressful times. You can avoid this temptation by setting up a support group that helps manage stress in healthy ways.
It’s almost impossible to stay sober when you’re constantly surrounded by people who are still living your former lifestyle. To avoid a relapse, it’s important to cut ties with those individuals that may purposefully or inadvertently tempt you.
Once you’ve become content with your sobriety and view it as a victory instead of an ongoing battle, you run the risk of relapsing. Sobriety is something you have to consciously fight for on a daily basis and any slight momentary lapse could prove detrimental.
For more information on sobriety and tips on avoiding relapse, contact Westport House today.