BY: Alexandrea Holder

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The Implications of Relapse

Relapse is ground zero.

Relapse is waking up in a hospital bed— if you wake up at all.

Relapse, for many, is the end of the road.

Once the body has lost its tolerance for an addictive substance the chances of overdose increase dramatically.

Thankfully, relapse is not a death sentence, and we can prepare for it.

What Is a Trigger Anway?

A trigger for relapse is a strong urge to use an addictive substance. Triggers exist both organically in the world or manifest in our thoughts. Without creating a trigger plan, one is more likely to succumb to their triggers.

Common triggers to stay away from our old friends and associates one used to partake in addictive substances with, places one used to frequent to get high, and old environments where general drug-related foolery occurred.

Tools to Redirect Your Triggers

Even if you’re overly dedicated to avoiding triggers at all costs— you cannot control the external world.

So if you see him or her or you can’t stop the gnawing feeling of emptiness, you’ll need to reach inwardly.

Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is scientifically proven to reduce stress. Once “triggered” remind yourself this moment is temporary. Redirect your thoughts to regaining homeostasis.

Your Personal Goals

Recovery is the single most transformational time of your life. Your personal goals are somewhat of a beacon on your journey. During the throes of addiction, we tend to lose sight of what we wanted to accomplish, and who we want to become.

Use your personal goals as a memento to recenter yourself and as a daily reminder to choose better. Take the steps ushering yourself into a positive mental and physical environment conducive to recovery.

If you don’t have any concrete goals, why not answer the following?

  • What kind of person do you want to be? What does that look like?
  • What are your career objectives?
  • What childhood dreams do you still want to achieve?
  • Where do you want to be in a year, five, ten?

Family, Friends, & Your Recovery Network

If you’re panicked, suffering from anxiety, or are suffering from cravings, reach out! Your loved ones want to help you succeed— you are not a burden.

Trust us, your loved ones would rather be on the phone with you offering comfort— even if they’re in the middle of doing something.

Don’t make them visit you in the morgue.

Meditate

Crazy as it sounds, establishing a regular meditation practice is wonderful for your mental health— and is a skill you may call upon during times of crisis.

What tips do you have for dealing with triggers? Comment below!

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