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How to Prevent Relapsing

Treatment Alternatives detox center in New York wants to prevent relapses for those who are working so hard at recovery. We hope that all of our patients and all recovering addicts can cope with the feelings of withdrawals in a positive way and not fall victim to relapse. One of the most important parts of relapse prevention is seeing the signs and understanding when you are on the verge of relapsing.

Identify Your Emotions

Identify your emotions by evaluating the way you feel. If you are struggling with the road to recovery and have had thoughts about doing drugs or drinking again, you are definitely on the verge of relapsing. Think of what triggered the feelings and if they are rational. Then, find a positive way to deal with those triggers – either through avoiding certain situations or finding outlets that release the feelings – like exercise or a hobby.

Ask for Help

Do not feel ashamed if you feel as if you are about to be defeated during recovery. Drugs are conquerors and there are numerous people out there who have been in the exact same position as you. Talk to the specialists at a New York drug rehab facility; they can help you understand your feelings and find ways to navigate obstacles to prevent relapse. Talk to friends, family members, or acquaintances from your drug rehab program and keep lines of communication open for help.

Take Time to Think

If you have come a long way on the road to recovery, take time to think about how difficult it was to get to the point where you are now. Think about all of the progress that you have made and the impact that it has had on getting your life back on track. You can prevent relapsing by taking some time to reflect on your journey and how difficult it would be to start over.

Develop Coping Mechanisms

When you make it past this relapse, develop coping mechanisms. Figure out what calms you, is it mediation, exercise? Find your coping mechanism and stick to it when you feel a relapse coming on.

Develop Strength

If you have had a moment of weakness, you will need to evaluate it and find ways to develop strength so that you can avoid those negative emotions. Staying strong is one of the most difficult aspects of the road to recovery, but it is the most vital.

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