Addiction Recovery: 5 Ways You Can Avoid Relapse
Have you been to a rehab for addiction lately? Perhaps you were at our own treatment center in Thailand. In any case, if you’ve recently gained sobriety from a drug or alcohol addiction, you have made a huge accomplishment and should be proud. During your rehab program, you may have been given tools and techniques to help you stay sober. You may have developed schedules, created relapse prevention plans and came up with aftercare strategies to complete on your own. This is a great start; however, these things can be easier said than done. In reality they are just the beginning. To further help you (or maybe a loved one) avoid relapse, try the following tips and advice.
Avoid Tempting Situations
Sometimes, addicts in recovery will say they want to prove themselves that they have the willpower to not drink or use even in the most tempting satiations. This is not a good idea. You may be able to avoid these things here and there, but this may not always be the case, especially when you are newly sober and trying to gain footing in this newfound life. To avoid a relapse, steer clear of any places which could provoke you to use. These places are not necessarily always physical, but could be mental or emotional. Most likely, if you’ve been to a rehab center for drugs and alcohol, or underwent private therapy sessions, you will have an idea of what your physical and emotional triggers are. From here, it will be up to you to avoid them.
Build a Strong Network of Support
In general, social circles of addicts involve other addicts. Also known as using buddies, these people may be the primary focus with sober friends and family coming in second. To avoid a relapse during addiction recovery, it is impenitent to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who do not use or abuse drugs and alcohol. They should understand and be supportive of everything you have been through in the past and now.
This recovery support network should be there in times of need or when a potential relapse is lingering close by. Meanwhile, unhealthy relationships such drinking buddies or party friends should be severed. You may have to change your phone number, block them on social networks or in a worst case scenario move to a new neighborhood. Taking these measures will (in the long run) help you to feel satisfied and content in knowing that there are people you can count on.
Create Structure and Organization
Rehab and sober living homes will typically require patients to adhere to a schedule as a way of learning structure and prevent boredom. Before leaving a rehab treatment center, it is advisable to create a daily schedule of times for meetings, follow up therapy sessions and necessary activities like work or family time, daily living and free time. When scheduling free time, allow for constructive activities that will enable self growth, confidence and stamina. An addiction counsellor or therapist will be able to help you with this, but it should primarily be up to you. This will help you to develop and prepare for a healthier routine while gaining some responsibility.
Exercise and Eat Healthy
Exercise and healthy eating often goes ignored, but both can be an incredible tool you can use throughout the recovery process. If you’ve been to Serenity Koh Samui Rehab, you will already know that exercise and healthy food is part of our inclusive treatment programs. These will help you to boost your immune system which may be weak because of a lack of nutrients over the years. Self confidence and strength can be gained through activities like yoga, martial arts, walking biking or swimming. By feeling better, you will gradually lose the desire to drink or use.
Take Things One Day at a Time and Stay Positive
All too often, people are so busy thinking about the future and the past that they miss the actual moment or “now”. In the case of drug and alcohol addiction recovery, there will be days which are great and there will be those that are challenging. You may find yourself thinking about past events opening up intense cravings which are difficult to ignore. Likewise, you may be stressing about whether or not you can find work because of a legal mishap you incurred due to the addiction. These are things that should not be ignored. However, it is crucial to do your best at staying positive and taking things one day at a time.
Don’t Look at Relapsing as an Ultimate Fail
People relapse and not just with drugs or alcohol, but sugar, gambling or destructive activities. If you do relapse, thinking about it as you becoming a complete failure will only make things worse. You are only human and a relapse is a potential. Rather than focusing on the failure, think about when you were clean and sober; you were actually there and you will be able to do it again. In the event of a relapse, reach out to that network of support you have. If they are not available, contact a rehab. This could be a drug and alcohol facility which you have already attended or a new one. These places are staffed with people who care. Process what happened including the events that led up to the relapse. Think about how you felt and are feeling; this will help you to avoid a future relapse and learn from your mistakes. It is this that makes your journey in recovery something you can always reflect and grow upon.
Going to Rehab in Thailand
If you have recently relapsed, or are ready to join a treatment program for the first time, consider Serenity Rehab Thailand. Our drug and alcohol center is private, has a small maximum patient load and a 1-1 ratio. Individual treatment plans include a wide range of modern and alternative addiction therapies. This ensures you get the very best drug and alcohol treatment in Thailand while healing the body and mind. Contact Serenity Rehab in Thailand today.