Sometimes, avoiding a holiday relapse can be quite challenging. Even the most seasoned recovering addict has trouble with triggers this time of year. Whether it's finances, having to spend time with family, or the overall stress that the hustle and bustle of this season brings, many things can cause thoughts of relapse. For the best Greensboro NC alcohol rehab in 2018, contact Legacy Freedom now for help!
Avoiding a holiday relapse starts with understanding the different types of relapse. As we mentioned above, sometimes people only think about relapse, rather than acting on it. This is the first stage of relapse. It's important to avoid this during this time of year. Getting to this stage means you are more vulnerable to the act of relapsing. Once you've thought about drugs or alcohol, you might begin to think about using them. Once you begin thinking about physically abusing substances, doing so is not far behind. The goal is to keep yourself from thinking about it completely. Below, you will find several tips that can help you do so.
Take time to plan out your entire season. Think about all the parties you've been invited to and choose events and activities carefully. Don't overdo, either. If you have five parties to go to over the course of the holidays, consider only attending two or three. Overdoing it can cause stress and anxiety.
Also be mindful of who will be attending these events and activities. Toxic family members or friends should be avoided during this time. Choose to spend time with friends and family that are supportive and helpful regarding your decision to be drug or alcohol free.
Consider enlisting a sober friend or family member to attend each event or activity with you. That way, they can hold you accountable and also help you when it's time to leave. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, leaving a party that's full of alcohol can be difficult alone. Having a friend or family member there to help you will make it easier.
Make a trigger list. This is a great way to write down everything that might be stressful, difficult, or complicated during this time of year. It can include purchasing gifts, receiving gifts, attending a party with alcohol, or spending time with an uncle who always pushes your buttons. Seeing your triggers listed out on paper will help you avoid situations that might cause problems for you.
Did you learn relapse prevention in rehab? If so, take full advantage of these techniques during this time of year. Chances are, you haven't used them for a while. Take time to practice these techniques before you put them into action. Preparing yourself for a situation that could turn for the worst will help.
Take a look at the following warning signs of a relapse. Understanding the signs will help you better understand when a relapse might catch you off guard. Also, share these signs with friends and family members, as well. That way, they'll be able to help you in the event that the signs are obvious.
- Talking about past behaviors involving drugs or alcohol
- Being angry for seemingly no reason
- Calling an old friend that you used to do drugs with
- Considering using drugs or alcohol just once, so that you can relax for a while
- Daydreaming about going to a bar
- Emotionally overwhelmed
- Feeling chronically frustrated
- Having a constant argument with yourself about whether you'll use again or not
- Inability to deal with emotions
- Lying to friends and family
- Lying to yourself
- Mood swings
- Not asking for help when it is needed
- Not eating healthy
- Not getting enough sleep
- Sleeping too much
- Physically holding drugs or alcohol in your hand
- Feeling stressed all the time
- Sudden lifestyle changes
- Thinking about how to get away with using so that friends and family won’t know
- Drinking one drink or using drugs once
If you find yourself in a situation with any of these warning signs, consider taking an after-care class or joining a sober club. These things will help you during this holiday season.
We hope the tips we've offered to help you avoid a relapse helps. However, sometimes, things happen. Don't be ashamed. Contact Legacy Freedom of Greensboro. We can help you.
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