DRUG & ALCOHOL RELAPSE

Recovery involves nothing shorter than a complete change in your life, but relapse prevention is a matter of paying attention to warning signs and avoiding triggers.

STAGES OF RELAPSE
– feeling stressed, anxious or sad
– entering high risk situations
– giving yourself permission for a lapse
– allowing a lapse to become a full relapse

PREVENTION OF RELAPSE
– identify your inner warning signs
– make a plan for avoiding or leaving high risk situations
– structure your free time and access to money
– practice attention-shifting and urge surfing
– check yourself for making excuses or blaming others
– build new habits to replace the addiction cycle
– check yourself for misconceptions about 12 step programs

BENEFITS OF 12 STEP PROGRAMS
– meet people with similar experiences
– see examples of the problem in others
– see examples of recovery
– get a sponsor for 1-1 help
– review your life by working the steps

FINDING A 12 STEP GROUP
– try different meetings until you find the one that is right for you:
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous

POST-ACUTE WITHDRAWAL
– after physical withdrawal is complete, symptoms can recur in waves lasting up to several days and can trigger a relapse
– learn to ride out the waves with good support and self-care

SEE ALSO:
– Ageing Out of Drugs
– How Big Pharma Is Cashing in on Addiction to Alcohol and Illicit Drugs