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Handling The Triggers

How To Fight The Temptations


You can engage in these activities to reduce your exposure to circumstances that will lead to relapse, although staying clear of what will stimulate the dependence is hard.

Deciding to turn your life around and seek help with addiction is a pivotal changing point. Dedication to keep away from the drug is when proper retrieval starts to take place while dependence therapy clinics give support on detox and alleviation.

It is one thing to resist and overcome one or two temptations, but it is another to martial courage and strength to stay focused, by identifying triggers which lead to relapse to get head start in claiming victory.


Resisting drug or alcohol shortly after treatment is the first step on the road to recovery and the struggle has only just began with one or two victorious resistance to temptation.


Being Aware Of Your Triggers

The moment someone is undergoing therapy is when a crucial phase of retrieval planning occurs. 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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Some factors that are the culprit in cases of addiction are common while some are peculiar to each addict. Here are few of the uncommon triggers among recovering addicts:

  • Associating With Abusers Of The Drug
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Excessive Emotional Outbursts
  • Residual depression or anxiety that are left unaddressed greatly predisposes the recovering patient to relapse.
  • Living Situation
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of substances
  • Social Activities
  • Another thing that can wake the feeling from slumber is attending social functions where these substances are served and are in abundance.
  • It is imperative for a recovering patient to skip venues where drugs and other triggers are readily available.
  • Reliving Childhood Distress.
  • Abuse of drug may start from a simple desire to use drugs to cope when faced with challenging situations from childhood, negative experiences, or a family that is nothing to write home about.

Solicit assistance from a professional addiction counsellor to show you productive ways of identifying specific triggers and how to manage the situation through engaging your creative mind on positive actions.


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Creating A Relapse Avoidance Plan

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.

Don't belittle the efforts that are put into developing a successful program because the efforts are worth more than you can ever imagines. The proper strategy to stay clean among people, venues, and events that can cause a relapse is a deep consideration, rectitude, and collaboration with a counsellor.


Going from a controlled treatment facility environment back into a normal way of living can be challenging, but this should be considered and planned for, allowing you to anticipate anything that might pop up. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.

A solid and structured plan will include:

  • Reassuring and understanding friends and family members to assist you during smooth adjustment transition.
  • 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.
  • List Of Potential Triggers
  • Writing down helps in backtracking to monitor progress made on people, places to confirm your commitment to stay focused on the priority list of items.
  • Strict Compliance To 12-step Programs And Support Assistance
  • Create an environment where the assistance of your friends and family is possible by hiding nothing from them and keeping the line of communication open with them.
  • Meet and make new friends that support your commitment to stay away from addiction through fellowship and collective participation in 12-step programs.
  • Being Conscious About Changing Negative Conducts
  • This will involve constructing a fitness plan that will envelope a clean and healthy structured diet, and a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • Attending 3 to 6 months of an outpatient program.
  • This will ensure you are surrounded by more support, can attend counselling and get structured feedback.
  • Managing Hunger, Anger, Loneliness or being Tired (HALT approach) effectively also helps the patient in avoiding relapse.
  • Make a list of the negative things you have experienced whilst addicted, and the positives of being sober.
  • It is important to save the list and keep it handy in order to review it every once and awhile when you may be tempted to abuse drugs again as it reminds you of the hard work you've made to stay away from the substance.

Looking For Help With Recovery

Despite all the planning and activities in withdrawal from addiction chances of relapse cannot be completely ruled out. You should consider take some steps backward as a pointer to the fact that succeeding in such an endeavour is not a piece of cake and should be moved to increase your determination and personal efforts to succeed if you give in to your urge to use the drugs or alcohol again. Little setbacks can sometimes bring you to your senses.