The first weeks, and even months, after getting clean are often the most difficult for someone struggling with a drug and/or alcohol addiction. Cravings are usually strongest and everyday challenges surrounding the addiction are typically most significant in the beginning. Making the decision to stay clean can be easy when compared to actually facing the reality of doing so. Finding the strength in avoiding relapse and maintaining the courage to remain sober is a daily battle and isn’t easy for anyone. Here are some tips to remember as you begin your journey into sobriety:
Avoid Situations that Bring Temptation
Changing your lifestyle is one of the most important and effective ways to ensure sobriety after drug and/or alcohol detox. Avoid people and situations that you know won’t support your sober lifestyle. If these people and places are unavoidable, have a plan for when tempting circumstances and difficult challenges arise.
Help yourself to avoid loneliness and depression – two major factors that frequently contribute to relapse. Find a way to fill your time with stress-relieving activities that are healthy for you and help you remain positive.
Talk to Someone
If you’re feeling the urge to relapse, or experiencing stress or depression that you know could lead to relapse, talk with someone you’re confident will support your efforts to stay clean. Many times a conversation with a caring friend or relative is all you will need to get back on your feet.
Have a Plan
Know ahead of time what you will do when avoiding relapse gets tough. It’s a good idea to have someone you know you can call and count on for support. This is someone who can lift you up and talk you out of making the wrong decision for yourself. For some people, it’s also helpful to have an activity in mind that will clear your heald. Whether it’s going to the gym, leaving town for the weekend, or meeting a friend for coffee, a safe and planned activity can help you relieve stress and take your mind off things. Having a plan for tough situations can work wonders when you’re feeling the pressure to go back down the road of addiction. Remember, relapse is a very common struggle for addicts. If relapse occurs, it doesn’t mean previous treatments were unsuccessful or didn’t amount to anything. Instead, it is important to build on what was learned the first time to avoid relapse again in the future. If you do relapse – even in the smallest way – don’t give up. Recovery is a life long journey that doesn’t have to end with a bump in the road.
Avoiding Relapse with Gallus Detox Centers
At Gallus Detox, we care about your sobriety. Getting sober can be a difficult and arduous process – especially when attempted alone. With the right alcohol detox or drug detox and support, the life of sobriety can be possible. Addiction detox programs include:
- Medical detox program
- Holistic detox program
- Private detox center
- Inpatient detox program
- IV therapy medical detox