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30 Sep

Five Ways to Avoid Triggers

After you’ve put your addiction away for good, you may be worried about relapsing. This is completely normal and on the mind of everyone who has worked hard to leave dependence in the dust.

With our five ways to avoid triggers you should have no trouble enjoying your newly sober life.

  1. Create a healthy routine and stick to it:
    Make sleeping, eating right, and exercising a big part of your new sober lifestyle. When you don’t get ample sleep, eat badly and neglect your physical health you are potentially setting yourself up for a relapse situation. The worse you feel physically can make you crave the substances you’ve worked so hard to give up.

  2. Don’t get bored:
    Boredom is a huge trigger that most people neglect to acknowledge. Staying busy can help you avoid relapsing by focusing your mind on whatever activities you’ve taken up since leaving your addiction behind. Some people stave off boredom with reading, art projects or taking classes to learn a new, valuable life skill. There is no right answer to what you should do to keep busy, so make it something fun and enjoyable.

  3. Don’t associate with enablers:
    If there’s someone in your life that you are certain is an enabler, don’t associate with them. Friends who are still into drugs and alcohol are not on the same path of sobriety that you are. Even if not intentional, their presence could entice you to go back to your old ways which could trigger a relapse situation.

    It may be hard to say ‘goodbye’ to the people you used to spend so much time with, but it’s for the best. Surround yourself with those who view your sobriety as the positive step that it is.

  4. Avoid bars, clubs, casinos and racetracks:
    In places like these, drugs and alcohol are readily available, and it may be hard to say no to your substance of choice.

    Eventually you may be able to go to a party where alcohol is being served and say ‘no’ with confidence, but until you’ve reached that point in your sobriety, it’s best to simply stay away.

    As for casinos and other betting establishments, if you have a problem with gambling,it’s important you take the necessary steps to avoid being in those atmospheres. It could be very dangerous to your wellbeing if you are around others who are engaging in the behaviours you have fought very hard to stop.

  5. Demonstrate caution with prescription drugs:
    If you’re having surgery or dental work done that would ordinarily require painkillers as part of your post-op recovery, tell your doctor about your history of addiction. Your doctor will work with you to find other alternatives to addictive prescription drugs so that you can still have your procedure done and recover with minimal pain.

For more information on how to avoid triggers during or after your recovery process, contact our team today.

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