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Preventing Alcohol Relapse
One thing that most people fear when learning how to stop drinking is relapse. It can become a constant worry. This in itself can be an issue. You know that stress can be bad when you are trying to leave alcohol behind. Just as you are in charge of your alcohol recovery, your potential relapse is up to you. As you struggle to achieve and maintain your sobriety, you need to stay mindful of relapse and how to combat it.
The main cause of relapse when recovering from alcohol addiction is alcohol triggers. Triggers are anything that can stir an alcohol craving or urge you to take a drink. A trigger can be an event, sight, smell, or feeling that brings on the cravings or the urge. There are ways to combat triggers and prevent relapse. Here are a few ways to deal with this issue:
Remember the past. Chances are that during the time you were drinking, you had some bad experiences. Recall these bad experiences when you begin to "miss" the fun times of drinking. By remembering why you quit you can help keep yourself on track.
Know yourself. It is important during your recovery to learn what your alcohol triggers are. If you know them, you can avoid them. As you go deeper into your alcohol free life you may forget about the danger of triggers. This is dangerous. By letting your guard down, you open yourself up for relapse. Keep your triggers in the forefront of your mind so that you don't succumb to them.
Envision your new life. By focusing on your future and having a plan for your life, you can keep yourself on track. Focus on your future and keep your desire to live a new better life in front of you. Tell others of your plan so that they can encourage you. Write down your goal so that you can revisit them. By working every day on your recovery, you are more likely to avoid relapse.
Make sure that you have a support system in place. You can rely upon family, friends, or even others who have gone or are going through recovery. Sometimes people who have been where you are can provide insight and support that others can't. You can join a support group or you can see a counselor if you need specialized help. The point is to seek out help and support if you feel like you are going to slip and take a drink.
Finally, read up and make yourself aware of what relapse is. If you are educated and you know what to watch out for, you will be better equipped to avoid it. Remember that relapse is a possibility - not an inevitability.
Did You Know?
Studies have shown that long term abuse of alcohol will cause impaired memory, slowed reaction times and blurred vision. These effects are usually permanent and will persist well after the individual stops drinking and reach sobriety. Basically the longer you leave it the worse it gets!
Did You Know?
Liver disease is the number 1 killer of alcoholics. In fact 50% of all liver disease is directly related to alcohol abuse. The only way to stop this is to stop drinking to have any kind of improved liver function long term. There is no other treatment for this disease.
Did You Know?
Excessive amounts of alcohol can shrink the brain? Over time alcohol causes actual physical changes to the brain. Studies have shown the brain of an alcoholic is smaller and lighter compared to a non-alcoholic.