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Handling The Triggers

Fighting The Urge


Although dealing with post-rehab triggers can be challenging, there are tricks that help in resisting the urge.

Deciding to turn your life around and seek help with addiction is a pivotal changing point. Just as mustering your courage in undergoing treatment, your focus in staying clean and resisting the urge depends on your commitment to getting well.

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.


If you have just begun the journey to overcome your addiction, you may find it difficult to say "No" when you are faced with the choice of taking alcohol or drugs.


Your Triggers And Spotting Them

Treatment situation is the defining step of recovery from addiction, the balance of future planning depends on it. 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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Some factors that are the culprit in cases of addiction are common while some are peculiar to each addict. Some of these are:

  • Associating With Abusers Of The Drug
  • You are a product of your environment, hence if you surround yourself with drugs, users reverting to old habits is not highly unlikely.
  • Intense Emotions Or Emotional Instability
  • There may be the desire to overcome some negative feelings such as stress, dejection, and unnecessary worries by using drugs or taking alcohol.
  • Conditions Of Living
  • Going back to an isolated and lonely living environment can reignite the same memories that first put them on a road to addiction.
  • Social Surroundings
  • Venues where booze or drugs are used can cause an immediate reversion.
  • It is imperative for a recovering patient to skip venues where drugs and other triggers are readily available.
  • 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.

Solicit assistance from a professional addiction counsellor to show you productive ways of identifying specific triggers and how to manage the situation through engaging your creative mind on positive actions.


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Detailing A Relapse Prevention Scheme

Patients can start getting clean starting residential therapy programs which have a highly organized surrounding. Getting around some challenges that can thwart one's efforts is possible if you have made plans for how you want to go about your recovery after leaving the facility.

Don't belittle the efforts that are put into developing a successful program because the efforts are worth more than you can ever imagines. 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. Figuring out how to stay sober in a daily routine is the main goal for developing a relapse plan of prevention.

The following should be considered in order to come up with a sound relapse game plan:

  • Collaborate closely with a relative or close friend to facilitate the process.
  • 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
  • Having a list of people, venues and aspects that can demonstrate your abstemiousness is useful for staying conscious on retrieval.
  • The Assistance Of A Sponsor And A 12-step Congregation Plan
  • Establishing and maintaining honesty and open communication with loved ones fosters an environment of accountability and trust.
  • 12-step programs are crucial in creating connections among people who are committed to abstinence.
  • Change To A Healthy And Better Version Of Yourself
  • This step starts with little commitments and compliance to an exercise program, balanced diet, and even improved sleeping habits.
  • Successful restoration of physical as well psychological well-being is essential to the overall objective of any meaningful addiction recovery program.
  • 3-6 months outpatient programs are the best post discharge pledge programs.
  • This approach enables the patient to reap the benefits of continued helpful regimens like biofeedback, counselling, and even physical routines.
  • Managing Hunger, Anger, Loneliness or being Tired (HALT approach) effectively also helps the patient in avoiding relapse.
  • Put down the benefits and burdens of staying sober for tracking purposes on paper.
  • It is important to save the list and keep it handy in order to review it every once and awhile when you may be tempted to abuse drugs again as it reminds you of the hard work you've made to stay away from the substance.

Seeking Assistance For Recovery

Regardless of all the planning you put into this, there is still the possibility you can go back and relapse on the substance. Abstinence gains a major importance once you have fallen back to the substance because it is a sign that the first phase of retrieval is very delicate. Falling into relapse does not mean you have failed, keep on trying.