You’ve probably heard that the road to recovering from an addiction isn’t straight and narrow; it can be long, windy and full of obstacles. Often, it can be seen as five steps forward and three steps back. Don’t let this discourage you, though.
If you understand the common triggers that set people back during the recovery process, you’re far more likely to be prepared and able to avoid them, leading you to a full recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction that may well save your life.
In this article, we’re discussing some of the common triggers that make recovery longer and harder.
Peer pressure isn’t just for teenagers. When you are recovering, being surrounded by drug or alcohol users may cause you to fall back into using. Have an aftercare plan in place that will allow you to be accountable to yourself and those you are around.
Sometimes drug and alcohol cravings can hit when you least expect it. It can come at times when you are alone or can’t turn to someone immediately, such as in the middle of the night. That’s why it’s essential to have a support system to turn to at any hour of the day when those cravings unexpectedly hit.
In a world filled with advertising, it can be hard to ignore alcohol commercials and branding. Typically marketed as a social choice, you might find yourself wanting a drink to relax at a social event or sporting game. Remember the reasons behind your choice to give up and take that out into the commercialised world with you!
Glamorising Your Past Life as an Addict
People love hearing stories about the ‘crazy’ things you got up to as an addict and you love telling them. The problem with this is you’re glamorising your past life as an addict and, before you know it, this will lead to nostalgia and cause you to forget why you chose sobriety. You may end up thinking you can use a substance just one more time, for ‘old time’s sake’ and get away with it, but relapsing can literally erase all the hard work you have done in recovery.
Major Life Changes
People can often relapse when faced with a major life change. A death in the family, a relationship breakdown or an illness may tempt you to go back to old habits to cope with the physical or emotional pain. It’s important to recognise this and have a strong list of substitute activities and support systems you can turn to when you need to deal with a negative aspect of your life.
At Zen Detox, we understand that triggers that can deter your recovery are a part of life and there are ways to identify and avoid those triggers from leading to a relapse in your addiction.
To find out more about the Zen Detox rehabilitation centre in Auckland, call us now on 0800 936 4357. If you or someone you know needs help in addiction triggers, don’t hesitate to contact us today and get started on the road to recovery.