For many recovering opiate addicts, relapsing is an all too familiar concept. Despite the hard work they’ve done to achieve and maintain sobriety, they’re human, and mistakes can happen. A relapse can cost the recovering addict a lot—but mostly their pride. It’s easy to give up and feel like a failure after a relapse, but the truth it is happens often, and can be overcome with some hard work.
Rather than dealing with it after the fact, try to take steps to avoid experiencing a relapse in the first place. It’s important to take sobriety seriously. The power of opiate addiction is dangerously strong, and sometimes is enough to overpower even the strongest recovering addict. Take recovery seriously from day one by following these steps:
Leave the past behind
Although difficult to do, cutting off unhealthy relationships is an important step to achieving sobriety. Staying in touch with people who supported the addiction in any way will only hurt the chances at recovery. Seek out relationships with people who will be supportive and encourage sobriety. Avoid situations that stir up memories of past drug use, as they can be triggers for relapse.
After rehab, getting back to a normal routine can be challenging. Be sure to stay busy and not end up with too much downtime, as boredom can be a recovering addict’s kryptonite. Put effort into a hobby that’s been left on the back burner, work hard in the office, take up exercising or something active, read books, and watch movies. The possibilities are endless, just don’t fall into a lazy pattern and end up bored.
Treat the root cause of the addiction
During rehab, it is likely cognitive-behavioral therapy will be a part of the treatment plan. This will help uncover the true cause for why the addiction manifested itself in the first place. But since most rehabs last only a month, don’t give up on treating the root cause once the 30 day stay is complete. Plan to work on the true issue behind the addiction in order to avoid falling victim to it again.
Be honest with loved ones
Involving family members and loved ones in recovery can be beneficial when they are willing to be supportive. Make sure to be open with these people in order for them to truly understand what’s at stake. Establish a trusting, open relationship where both parties feel safe with sharing anything. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from these people as well.
No matter how prepared one becomes, recovering addicts are never 100 percent safe from the chance of a relapse. But training to notice the signs and triggers before one occurs can help prevent relapses, and prolong sobriety. Call Treatment Now today with any questions regarding opiate addiction, we’re here to help.
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