Preventing Relapse, Staying Sober
| It is important to remember: With a relapse prevention plan – you don’t have to relapse to work it.
The main things we are trying to identify are high-risk situations and how to manage them. We all have “self-talk” in our head and it can lead to positive or negative thinking. In a relapse situation, the self-talk can be negative feelings and emotions. Negative self-talk can lead to unwanted and negative actions and relapse.
Your relapse prevention plan will help build critical thinking and avoidance strategies – so you can stay focused on achievable goals without activating your stressors.
Relapse Prevention Daily Check-in
- Desire – What are my intentions for the day? What do I plan to get out of this day?
- Urge – Am I craving my substance of choice? Is my schedule today manageable enough to keep my stress level low? Do I plan on doing anything that would sabotage my recovery or the goals in my treatment plan?
- Feelings and Emotions – Check in with yourself and your sponsor about how you are feeling emotionally. If your sponsor is not available to talk with, find someone you trust so you can process and understand the feelings and emotions you are having that day. It is important in relapse prevention to write your feelings on a piece of paper, in a journal or on your computer. Writing them out will give you time to think and also help with the processing of your feelings. Processing and understanding your feelings might be hard at first, however, you will begin to feel better when you start to identify exactly what it is you are experiencing emotionally on a daily basis.
- Action – How are you taking positive action in your relapse prevention plan? How are you building a better quality of life for yourself so you can move forward in a positive direction?
- Think – Always think about how you react to the choices and actions of your daily life. Journaling will help you identify strategies to build a positive outcome and how to avoid triggers that once held you back in life. Remember, you can’t think your way out of problems that you behaved your way into. You must look at your behaviors and understand the way they play out in your new life of recovery.
David Burke, LAADC-CA, IS – Professional Interventionist
Director, New Start Recovery Solutions
David Burke at New Start Recovery Solutions cares for clients with Screening, Addiction Assessment, Intervention; as well as access to personalized addiction treatment options in all areas of the U.S.
Addiction recovery treatment includes dual-diagnosis residential and outpatient treatment, alcohol and addiction treatment, medical managed detox for individuals, families and professionals; and court liaison services.
David Burke guides families and their loved ones suffering with addiction, depression, and other behavioral issues into recovery. David walks you through the steps to get started in the recovery process – and a to create a New Start in life.
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Causes Serious Problems in Families
If you or a loved one are experiencing the effects of an addiction, it is time to take the necessary steps to get help.
New Start Recovery Solutions can help you with alcohol and drug rehab in most areas of the U.S.
For immediate help – Call David Burke in Admissions at 877-367-9930 for assistance.