Have You Had a Relapse?

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Relapse Prevention Planning Works...

Successful recovery from any addiction requires an awareness and commitment to change.

That means being aware of the underlying issues related to your drug of choice.  Support groups are a productive part of recovery, but without changing your behavior, the success of your abstinence may be threatened.

Quality sobriety entails a plan to change your thinking and lifestyle, which can be tedious without guidance, support and a plan for your recovery.  

If you have had a relapse you probably have not made all the changes necessary to remain sober successfully.  Without changing your thinking, behavior, social network and lifestyle you are probably at risk of returning to your past behavior.  

                     "Relapse is a process not an event"          

Support is very impotant to preventing a relapse.  Support groups provide encouragement, companionship and a sense of belonging.  It is important to know that others are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings and that your'e not alone. 

Making other life change is also critical if you want to achieve quality sobriety.  If triggers, stresses and negative influences aren't corrected it will be difficult for anyone to avoid going back to their previous behavior.  

Many changes are necessary and it can be overwhelming without help or guidance.  It is beneficial to explore all avenues if you are serious about abstinence. 

Relapse prevention can be of primary assistance to guide you in taking the necessary steps on your journey.  A basic plan to remain sober on your path to recovery can assist in relieving stress, anxiety and depression.  Support and formulating a relapse prevention plan will aid you in building a basic foundation; gaining the emotional stabilty to deal with the other core issues needed to lead a productive lifestyle and remain sober without relapse.    

The primary steps for successful sobriety are:

  • Incorporating a formal support network such as Alcoholics Anonymous for daily support.
  • Securing an AA Sponsor or Mentor to guide you in the right direction and hold you accountable for your actions.  
  • Family support with open communication regarding your addiction.
  • Changing peers and avoiding people, places and things that may threaten your success.
  • Implementation of a plan for your recovery, by attending a relapse prevention forum, devising a formal plan to alleviate denial and gain the basic skills; prior to exploring other therapuetic possibilities.
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