In recovery from drugs and alcohol, you have to learn how to trust yourself. This means you have to trust your decision making, your intuition, and your ability to make sound judgement calls that will benefit your sobriety. Learning how to do this can help prevent a drug relapse, and that is the number one thing you want to focus on once you leave your treatment center. As long as you prevent a relapse, you will stay sober. That makes it a key thing to focus on.
Learning how to trust yourself after addiction can seem foreign. After all, for the length of your addiction you were acting as your own worst enemy. You let down your loved ones, abused your own body, and were unable to stop using drugs or alcohol on your own accord. Now, for the first time in a long time, you can trust that your judgement is accurate and that you will actually do the best and right thing. And, it is that faith in yourself that can help prevent a drug relapse.
Preventing a Drug Relapse
There are a lot of different components that go into preventing a drug relapse. First and foremost, you have to make your recovery a priority. If it isn’t number one in everything you do, you have a high chance of slipping up. You also need to take your sobriety seriously. Many people fail in recovery because they simply aren’t serious enough about staying sober. They think they can dabble here and there, but it never ends well. There is a saying in recovery that goes “play the whole reel through”. This means, don’t assume you can get high once and go back to being sober. In the past, you always end up on the highway to rock bottom.
Trusting in yourself means knowing that you will make the right decisions. Choosing the best aftercare for yourself helps to facilitate success. You need to make sure you surround yourself with the right people in recovery to make sure that people don’t trigger you and bring you down. And you need to trust yourself to cut off contact with the wrong people, and to avoid places that might make you want to use. It is all about strategically making the right decisions that will impact your future.
You also need to be aware of the three stages of drug relapse. It usually doesn’t just happen out of the blue. If you know the stages and trust yourself to get help before it is too late, you will be much better off.
In stage one, you have let your guard down. For example, you may be going to fewer 12-step meetings, or stopped meeting with your therapist. It is up to you to recognize this and own up to it. That way, you can step up the effort you are putting into your recovery. Unfortunately, no one else is going to do it for you.
In stage two, you are already thinking about relapse and maybe even putting plans into motion. You may have reached out to your own drug dealer, or rented a hotel room away from your sober home so that you can get high for a night. At this point, it is difficult to recover, but if you are honest with yourself you can reach out for help before it is too late.
Stage three is the physical drug relapse, the actual act of ingesting the substance. While you always want to prevent things from getting this far, relapse is a part of recovery. You need to trust yourself enough to go get the help you need, and make your relapse a learning situation instead of a downward spiral.