In relapse prevention sessions, therapists discuss the common mistakes that frequently undermine the recovery process and they provide recovering individuals with tips and strategies to manage them. Although innumerous hours are devoted to making plans for preventing and minimizing relapse, for most, in particular in early recovery, it is very challenging to put the plan in practice. Understanding what these common mistakes are can help someone to avoid or minimize relapse. Find below a list of the most common mistakes to avoid.
1. Considering Yourself Recovered after Completing an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program
When completing an addiction treatment program, many former addicts consider themselves “recovered”. They experience a state of euphoria, also known as the pink cloud syndrome. This is only a temporary state that is often followed by a period of depression, with a high risk of relapse.
It is important to understand that a rehab program is only the first step and that a continuum of treatment through a well-planned aftercare program is essential to support full recovery. Making sure that you follow up a short-term recovering plan and know the baby steps you need to take will help you reach your goals.
2. Returning to the Old Lifestyle
Don’t allow your old lifestyle to get in the way. Create a new routine, get a job that you like, take part in activities you once enjoyed or learned to enjoy while in treatment, such as meditation and other relaxing activities. Find a new circle of friends and spend time with people who support your efforts to stay sober. You have the opportunity to start over, and you should. Those who love you will understand. Those who do not are the ones who cannot offer you the support system you need.
3. Expecting Too Much, Too Soon
Take it easy. Have your priorities in order and set realistic goals: Staying Sober one Day at a Time. It’s normal to have ups and downs, to occasionally fail or not get the results you were hoping for. By keeping it real you won't get disappointed and will not be vulnerable to relapse when you no longer can keep up with the high expectations you set for yourself.
4. Replacing Addictions
Many recovering individuals develop other fixations and addictions. Some start from the premise that anything is preferable to alcohol and end up addicted to painkillers or antidepressants. Others seek comfort in food and find themselves overweight and with various comorbidity issues. There are also people who turn to gambling or sex to break away from stress and worries and raise their adrenaline.
5. Not Reaching Out for Help
Many for various reasons do not want to show their vulnerability fearing to portray weakness or defeat. This mistake can be a very costly one. It is imperative to not lose touch with the reality of addiction. It is normal to have good and bad days. It is normal to be tempted to go back to the previous lifestyle. It is even normal that in one of those off days make a mistake and somehow expose yourself to the same drugs that you were trying so hard to stay away from. Those days and those instances are exactly the time to reach out and show how you really are feeling and ask for help. You will be surprised how a simple step of asking for help provides you with the hope that you can stay on course for recovery.
Don't shy away from asking for help. There are many who would be happy to help.
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