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Handling The Triggers

How To Fight The Temptations


Staying away from "triggers" that can cause a relapse and undo everything you have learnt in treatment can be tough, but there are steps you can take to low the chances of this happening.

Existence can be very different once one decides to go through therapy for dependence. You've access to addiction centres for assistance to quit now, beginning with acceptance and taking action to quit and stay sober.

Although it can really be daunting, fighting off the urge requires an iron will and you are good to go as long as you stick with your recovery game plan.


If you have just begun the journey to overcome your addiction, you may find it difficult to say "No" when you are faced with the choice of taking alcohol or drugs.


Establishing Your Triggers

Developing a roadmap to your recovery should take place while you are still undergoing rehabilitation. Throughout the patient's stay in addiction treatment programs, counsellors will help them figure out what their trigger points could be and what led them to becoming addicted in the first place, once this has been identified they will put together a prevention plan to help keep the patient away from their triggers.

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There are provocations which are very common while others are individual. Common ones:

  • Keeping Bonds With The Addicts.
  • You are a product of your environment, hence if you surround yourself with drugs, users reverting to old habits is not highly unlikely.
  • Extreme Emotional States
  • There may be the desire to overcome some negative feelings such as stress, dejection, and unnecessary worries by using drugs or taking alcohol.
  • Conditions Of Living
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of substances
  • Social Settings
  • Venues where booze or drugs are used can cause an immediate reversion.
  • All venues where the drug is habitual have to be off-limits to someone who's just been on therapy.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experience That Refuses To Go
  • Ex-addicts that have a deep-rooted childhood issues can easily go back into relapse if they are struggling to rid these memories.

Professional counselling is the best way to get help if you are suffering from any serious problems when it comes to addiction recovery, careful planning can really make all the difference.


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Designing An Effective Relapse Prevention Procedure

Residential addiction therapy programs take place in controlled risk free setting which promotes quick recovery process. That is the reason strategic discharge plan for continued therapy program outside the environment is critical to prevent relapse in unstructured surrounding.

Of crucial and priceless importance is the work to propose an operative strategy. Whatever may serve as obstacle can easily be overcome if you have a candid discussion with a counsellor without hiding your feelings so the you can be helped to map out a plan that will help you overcome the obstacles and put your addiction behind you.


The situations brought about by the shift from rehab to a real-world environment can be anticipated and a good plan can be developed out of it. The objective of creating a plan for.

A solid and structured plan will include:

  • Speaking to a supportive member of family, or close friend to help you in times when temptation is the hardest.
  • Your support system should be able to sterilize your place so that it will be free from any triggers or substances that could easily be abused.
  • A Written List Of Previous Provocations
  • Keep you eye on the prize by compiling a list of potential stimulants such as places, people, and others that can put your determination to the test.
  • Support Of A Guarantor And Following A 12-step Program
  • Establishing and maintaining honesty and open communication with loved ones fosters an environment of accountability and trust.
  • Another positive side of the 12-step process is the opportunity to gain friendly association with people who will contribute to the success of the treatment you receive from the centre.
  • Taking Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • This step starts with little commitments and compliance to an exercise program, balanced diet, and even improved sleeping habits.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
  • This approach enables the patient to reap the benefits of continued helpful regimens like biofeedback, counselling, and even physical routines.
  • H.A.L.T. acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired is the best rule of thumb to adapt in managing distressful situation that could influence daily life and lead back to addiction if not closely examined.
  • Make a list of the negative things you have experienced whilst addicted, and the positives of being sober.
  • This list can be handy in times where the desire is overpowering as it remind you of the effort, time and original reason why you stopped the habit to start with .

Seeking Assistance For Recovery

Even the best-laid plans can fail, hence it just makes sense to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. If for some reasons you have succumbed to relapse, consider it as a hump on the road to recovery and let that setback be a springboard to bounce back even stronger. Little setbacks can sometimes bring you to your senses.