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    Avoiding a Relapse

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    When someone with Alcoholism makes the decision to stop consuming alcohol they will most likely have a struggle. It can often become very difficult to make it through the withdrawal symptoms and become healthy. Even when someone is successful with this, they will need to continue to work very hard to make sure that they remain clean and are doing everything that they need to do in order avoid getting stuck in the same situation later in life. This article will discuss some of the things that an individual can do in order to avoid relapsing later on.

    First, and foremost, it is best to work with a counselor or a therapist in order to identify what their triggers are for alcohol consumption. By fully understanding what the triggers are it is possible to learn positive coping skills which can be used in place of alcohol when times are getting rough.

    Another form of treatment that many people will want to think about, and consider, in order to avoid relapsing would be to participate in different relapse prevention programs. These may be offered through different mental health facilities. These programs will provide great tools for an individual that needs and desires to remain sober. The individual will learn different lifestyle changes such as exercise, as well as diet plans that will help contribute to healthy living.

    Recovering alcoholics need to fully understand the importance of 100% abstinence. This is essential because it is needed to help a person avoid the loss of control feeling that he, or she, once had in relation to their drinking. It may be just as important for the person to avoid people and situations that once resulted in their drinking behavior. This can be difficult for some people to understand because they want to be able to socialize with their old friends. However, there needs to be a positive lifestyle change as well. While it may be hard for individuals at first, it is actually very necessary and helpful long term.

    Next, it would also be a great idea to stay away from bars, and “watering holes” that were once frequented. This is because when an individual decides to stop drinking they’ll likely miss the old things that they once did. The person may miss the sense of the buzz, or the times that they once spent with their friends. Oftentimes, these individuals also feel like they are being judged by others. All of these things can result in a relapse. That is why it is so very important to remove one self from these situations and to find new places to spend ones time.

    Finally, in order to be effective at avoiding a relapse, it’s important to find support in the home, or possibly even in the community. That is why so many individuals will make the decision to attend AA meetings. These meetings give the person some wonderful support that they will need in order to be successful when it comes to remaining sober. So, the individual will need to make sure that they are finding people that they can trust and that want to see them succeed. This means that an old drinking buddy, who is not ready to sober up, may not be a good support system for a recovering alcoholic. This person may actually be the exact opposite of what’s needed for the individual.

    There are many different ways and treatments to help remain sober. However, without desire by the individual to become sober, treatment will be neither effective nor lasting.

    Here are some simple tips that can be followed when it comes to remaining sober, and avoiding a relapse.

    • Attend counseling in order to learn positive coping skills that can be utilized when life seems to be getting a little difficult.
    • Find support in the community, within the family.
    • Learn to communicate effectively with individuals so that needs and concerns can be discussed.
    • Avoid old situations and locations that would have resulted in drinking.
    • Find new, positive people that can help with sobriety rather than contribute to alcohol consumption.
    • Work on increasing ones self-esteem in order to improve success.
    • Identify, and follow through with, healthy lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
    • Find a positive relapse prevention program that can be attended regularly.
    • Make all scheduled appointments in order to continue working with the therapist, and counselor.

    It is always important to remember that avoiding a relapse should be a lifelong commitment process. There are times when individuals will go several years without drinking and something will trigger that desire. When people follow the recommendations listed in this article, they will be increasing the likelihood of successful abstinence. It will definitely take a lot of willpower, and hard work, but avoiding a relapse is possible at any time.