Even after you have worked hard to overcome addiction with the help of an addiction treatment center, relapse is still a risk. In fact, relapse impacts more than half of all people who have achieved sobriety after a substance use disorder. Often, there are triggers that can signal a potential relapse. By discovering your own relapse triggers, you will be better prepared to prevent relapse in the future. Crestview Recovery is here to help provide you with the treatment and guidance you need to achieve lifelong recovery from addiction. Call us today at 866.262.0531 to learn more about our rehab aftercare program.
Stress is something that is present in all of our lives. While stress is normal and even healthy in the right amount, many people who have struggled with addiction in the past do not have healthy coping mechanisms. That is because, for many people, drugs or alcohol were the primary means of stress relief.
This is why it is so important to learn how to manage stress in new and healthy ways with the help of addiction treatment services in Portland. Sometimes, you can manage stress by hitting the gym or going for a walk outside. Other times, indulging in some pampering or enjoying a favorite hobby can be a great outlet for stress. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to find a way to manage and relieve stress that does not involve substance use.
Recognizing the Symptoms of HALT
Some of the most common relapse triggers can be summed up with one acronym: HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, and tired). In countless cases, one or more of these strong feelings is what causes a relapse.
Physical cravings for food can start to feel like cravings for drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, eating a quick snack can reduce cravings in a matter of minutes. Overwhelming emotions like being tired, lonely, or angry can also spark cravings and lead to a relapse. Monitoring your emotions can help avoid these triggers and prevent a relapse.
Work On Establishing a Daily Routine
In recovery, experts often encourage clients to establish a daily routine. Having a schedule is an effective way of eliminating many of the choices people make in daily life. With fewer variables and choices to make, it’s easier to stay on track.
If you have 1,000 choices to make each day, that means you’ll nearly use up your willpower by the end of the day (did you know that willpower is actually a finite resource?). If you only need to make 100 choices in a day, then you will find it easier to turn down cravings on a regular basis.
In the short term, rehab centers and addiction treatment is a smart choice. Over time, however, most people can benefit from finding a source of ongoing support such as an aftercare program or alumni program. This can even be in the form of a support group or even friends and family.
Discover Your Relapse Triggers in A Rehab Program
At Crestview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, clients will have the chance to work on relapse prevention through a wide range of addiction treatment therapies. Some of the most effective therapies and treatments may include:
Life skills rehab focuses on helping individuals develop the essential life skills they need to function effectively in their everyday lives. This includes teaching communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, as well as personal hygiene and self-care practices. It also helps with developing healthy relationships and learning how to manage stress and cope with difficult emotions.
Extended care programs provide a residential setting and intensive therapy to those who have already completed an inpatient or outpatient program. These programs focus on providing support, structure, and guidance as individuals work through their recovery journey.
Mindfulness meditation therapy combines traditional psychotherapy with the practice of mindfulness. This type of therapy teaches individuals to observe their thoughts and feelings without resistance or attachment, so they can gain insight into themselves, learn to respond to their cravings in a healthy way, and become more compassionate toward themselves.
Nutritional therapy focuses on teaching people how to eat healthily and providing their bodies with the nutrients they need to function optimally. This type of therapy typically includes meal planning, nutritional education, support, and guidance. It can help improve physical health, mental clarity, and emotional balance, all of which can support recovery.
Exercise therapy uses physical activity to support individuals in recovery. In fact, exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and increase resilience. It also helps to build confidence, strengthen relationships, relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and encourage individuals to practice self-care.
We Can Help You
At Crestview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, you can find and target your triggers to prevent relapse. Fight for your sobriety and a life free from addiction by calling Crestview Recovery at 866.262.0531. We are eager to help you overcome addiction through a treatment plan that works for you.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.