Drug addiction relapse, unfortunately, is very common. Although there are techniques learned in drug rehab that may help prevent relapse, it is still a struggle. You probably felt great while in rehab because the surroundings and the people were extremely supportive and helpful. Then comes the day you need to go home. Going back to the same old places and faces is going to increase the chances of relapse.
Here are 10 things to do to preventrelapse:
It sounds simple, and it is. It is proven to work for people who are quitting smoking and smoking is one of the strongest addictions there are. Take a walk around the block or do some other simple exercise.
With NEW people! Going back to the people you hung out with to do drugs is almost certainly going to lead you to a relapse. Go to some public events and meet some new people.
Change your environment:
This can take on several different levels. You can start by rearranging your furniture and fixing the place up. You also need to change the environment where you spend a lot of time. Don’t go back to the old places where the urge to do drugs may be too strong. Try going to some new places and doing new things. Go to a ballgame or to a museum or even a movie.
Boredom is never a good thing. Chances are, if you get bored, it will increase the chances that you will get an urge for drugs. Take up doing crossword puzzles or other games, for example. Keeping yourself busy will helprelapse.
Get a Job:
There is an excellent chance that this one activity will solve several of your relapse worries. You will keep occupied, earn money, make new friends and give yourself something to be proud of.
No one expects you to change every aspect of your diet. It would be wise to throw in a few more fruits and vegetables. Maybe you could drink a couple more glasses of water a day. You may be amazed at how good it can make you feel.
Get Close to People:
No need to go out on a hug-fest but let people in. Build strong and healthy relationships with people who are not drug addicts.
Finding spiritual strength is a huge help when recovering from drug addiction. Try attending a church service or two and just see how it goes.
Get a Mentor:
They are sometimes called sponsors, but they help you through the rough times and they understand what you are going through. They can be real lifesavers when the urges for drugs get strong.
Believe in yourself:
Poor self-esteem may very well be what leads people into drug addiction in the first place. Have faith in yourself and don’t put yourself down. You are on the right road and doing the right thing. Bravo!