Relapse Prevention

Relapse Triggers

Different triggers have been identified as possible precursors for relapse. By identifying these triggers, it has become possible to develop prevention techniques which can be used to combat each of them. The most common relapse triggers include:

* The individual can experience overconfidence . This can mean that they are not prepared when things get hard.
* Life in recovery can take a bit of getting used and some people may experience periods of self-pity. This is a dangerous emotion because it can sap motivation.
* Those people who have unrealistic expectations can become disappointed.
* If the individual_ behaves dishonestly_, it can lead them right back to addiction.
* Occasionally, people in recovery will experience periods of depression. This can take a lot of the satisfaction out of sobriety.
* Those who continue other types of substance abuse will be increasing their chances of relapse.
* Taking recovery for granted leads to complacency. This then means that the individual is no longer doing those things they need to do in order to remain sober.

Prevention at the Different Stages of Relapse

There are also prevention techniques that are suitable for the different stages of a relapse. It is possible to break this down into three stages:

* During the emotional stage the individual will be struggling with recovery, but not actually thinking about a return to substance abuse. The most appropriate relapse prevention tools here would be those that can restore emotional equilibrium.
* During the mental stage of relapse, the person is thinking about drinking or using drugs again. The urge to return to addiction can be strong. Various techniques are needed to combat this before it is too late.
* All is not lost at the relapse stage. If the individual has the right resources, they may be able to return to the recovery path right away.

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