We’re so proud of you and your recovery journey. You’ve come so far from where you were and now, we’re here to help you stay focused on your recovery. You may come across triggers, temptations, and challenges, but we know you’re capable of handling anything thrown your way.
Here are a few ways to handle triggers and temptations in order to avoid relapse:
- Identify triggers – These triggers can include: continuing friendships with users, extreme emotional states, living conditions, social settings, deep-seated childhood traumas. When you’ve identified what your trigger is, you can create a space for yourself that helps you avoid that trigger.
- Make a relapse prevention plan – Having a solid plan prepared can help you navigate the challenges you might come across in your recovery. A good plan will include the following: a supportive friend or family member, a list of your triggers, a 12-step meeting schedule and a sponsor, changing unhealthy habits such as exercising, healthy diet, and a good sleep schedule, and listing out the negatives of relapsing and the positives of staying sober.
- Seek help in recovery – You can’t work through your recovery alone. Include in your recovery journey people such as your friends and family, your doctor, your sponsor, and even people who are also in your recovery to help you.
Having a solid plan in plane will help you in your recovery to make sure you don’t relapse. And remember, that the OARS team is with you every step of the way.