You want to quit drinking. You are ready, but you are worried. What if you fail? You can take steps to prevent that. When you quit drinking you always run the risk of relapse. Some people will tell you not to worry about it. That is a mistake. You can’t let the worry overtake you, but you have to go in to your recovery with your eyes open. You have to overcome failure and not let it sneak up on you. You can avoid relapse and continue to live your new alcohol free life.
Alcohol has triggers that you learned about as you began your alcohol recovery. They are what you need to avoid from the beginning. They are what you need to consider all throughout your recovery. Triggers are an event, sight, smell, or feeling that recalls the cravings or the urges that lead you back to drinking. You have to fight these triggers – and you can avoid the possibility of alcohol relapse or failure in your recovery.
- When it comes to triggers you know what they are. They are the things that caused you or encouraged you to drink in the past. Use your memories of the past to help you plan your future. Remember bad times when drinking caused problems in your life. This will keep you motivated. Remember your triggers and avoid the people, places, and things that can cause them to influence you.
- Continue to be as self aware all throughout your recovery as you were in the beginning. By being vigilant about your alcohol triggers, you will be able to see them before they can affect you. Avoidance at all cost is key. You may be able to use family and friends to keep an eye on your triggers for you. The more help you can get in these areas the better off you will be.
- By keeping your eyes on the prize you can avoid relapse. Remember that you want to be successful. You want to quit drinking and you want to not start again. Will yourself to your new life. Do the work. Fill your life with positive activities and positive people. Use all the tools at your disposal to avoid relapse. Recovery is ongoing – so keep going.
- Don’t be shy during your recovery. Ask for help when you need it. Whether it is a family member, friends, counselor, or support group, make sure you have a support system in place. Remember to use it. If you feel like you are slipping, ask for help. Don’t let your fear of asking cheat you out of success.
Relapse is real. You have to be aware of it and keep in on your mind. You don’t need to fear it, you just have to take steps to avoid it.