PREVENTION OF RELAPSE
Prevention of Relapse is a technique and Relapse Prevention Planning can help. In fact, it can make all the difference in the world. by thinking ahead, and by working out ways to handle the pressures that might lead you back to your drinking, drug use or gambling, you can approach your new life with a greater sense of confidence.
Relapse Prevention Planning is planning for success. It is based on the experiences and successes of many people just like you who have already traveled the road of recovery. It recognizes that the road often has many rough patches, and that to succeed on this road you will need a relapse prevention plan.
There are some proven techniques to help with the prevention of relapse and it works equally as well for other interventions.
Power of Breathing
When you decided to quit drinking, using other drugs or gambling,you took the first step towards recovery. This step was the beginning of an important change in your life.
You may have expected all your problems to go away when you quit, but somehow many problems are still with you. Recovery is building a new life, and like any major change it takes time. It also involves mixed feelings.
One moment you can feel good about the new possibilities and the next you can feel sad to leave old friends and habits behind. It can be confusing. It can even make you doubt your commitment to this new direction that you know in your heart is right for you.
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Your Goal is Recovery
Your use of alcohol, drugs or gambling probably caused you many problems-at home, at work, and with the law. Still you may have been afraid to face everyday life without them. That is why your decision to stop was so difficult and important. Recovery involves finding new ways of taking care of yourself, and new ways of acting with friends, with family, and at work. It also involves avoiding relapse-falling back into your habits of using alcohol and drugs to deal with problems and stress.
You can stay in control by setting goals in important areas of your life and by working towards these goals. You will need to plan to achieve your goals in each of your major life areas (such as your physical and emotional health, your relationships, your job, your recreation and your relaxation).
Reaching these goals is a matter of making it happen rather than just wishing it will happen. It is a matter of creating a set of plans for yourself to deal with situations that may interfere with your recovery.Old ways of behaving need to be replaced with new carefully planned actions.
The easiest way to add to your methods for handling stress is to develop one new habit at a time. Remember you have the power and ability to decide to deal with stress.
Personal Stress Management Plan
You may want to draw from the stress management ideas outlined below when developing your own stress management plan.