Relapse Prevention After Rehab in 5 Steps

Relapse Prevention After Rehab in 5 Steps

Rehab can be a massive help when trying to recover from addiction, but it’s how you take care of yourself after rehab that will make the most long-term difference. Relapse is a devastating reality for many addicts and one that should be planned for in all circumstances. In this blog, we will look at triggers, coping strategies, and more to help you stay clean after short or long-term rehab. 

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The Concept of Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention is essentially stopping an addict from using again and leading them down the path to a full-blown addiction. 

What is relapse prevention? 

Relapse prevention is a plan you or your team put in place to avoid returning to addictive behaviors. 

How can I identify my triggers? 

To find triggers that might cause you to relapse, you should look at what circumstances have led you to use in the past. This could include people, places, feelings, or experiences. 

What are some effective coping strategies? 

You can use things like mindfulness, exercise, and support networks like rehabs or 12-step programs to cope with sobriety. 

How do I build a supportive network? 

You can find support groups like AA, 12-step programs, sober living, rehab, or friends outside of addiction with similar hobbies to help you stay sober. 

The 5 Steps of Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention is really rather personal. Only you know what will help you stay sober. But below, we have put together 5 steps for you to take advantage of and build your own plan to stay sober after leaving rehab: 

Step 1: Developing Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is really critical when it comes to any struggle, but especially addiction. If you know you are easily triggered when you see certain friends, you have to use that self-awareness to stay away from those people. We can practice self-awareness by tracing back our steps after relapse or looking at what made us use when we were in active addiction. 

Step 2: Effective Coping Strategies

You need the right tools to stay sober; willpower won’t work forever. Some mindfulness techniques work quite well for recovering addicts, but being proactive about stress in your life, finding hobbies you enjoy, and ways to talk yourself off a cliff, perhaps with breathing exercises, are all examples of tools you can employ. 

Step 3: Building a Strong Support Network

You can’t beat sobriety alone. In fact, loneliness is often a trigger for addicts. You can find support with NA, AA, friends, and family or take advantage of the support that the rehab program should offer for outpatient care. 

Step 4: Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Making health lifestyle changes can make a difference too. Getting more sleep will increase your will power, eating better will help your mental and physical health. Moving more will serve to make you feel better but can also be a great distraction. By eating well and exercising you can manage stress better and avoid relapse. 

Step 5: Continuous Learning and Growth

By continuing to learn more about yourself through self-improvement and therapy, you can make recovery easier. Also, learning new hobbies or reading more can keep your mind focussed elsewhere on something that actually makes you happy. 

Rehab with Myrtle Beach Recovery in South Carolina 

Relapse prevention will be the goal for the rest of your life after rehab. You’ll need to commit to sobriety and practice self-awareness to stay on top of all the methods you will need to live a full and rich life. If you are considering rehab, whether short-term rehab or long-term rehab, we are here to help you on your journey to sobriety. Contact us today.