Recovery can be a challenge with so many new ways to look at life from a sober lens. It requires your full attention and energy to get through. When one person devotes time to getting sober, recovery goes smoothly but not everyone will experience this. The whole thing can fall apart quickly if you become triggered, especially if blindsides you. Relapse prevention is important so learning hidden dangers can help you try and avoid the pitfalls.
Family and Friends
One group of people you may not consider as triggering a relapse are the loved ones you surround yourself with every day. Family and friends can threaten sobriety without you even realizing. We typically see loved ones as supportive of recovery but they may also be a danger. Consider some of the stressors you encounter: marriage, moving, work, deaths and illness to name a few. People closest to us can bring stress and real pain which can trigger relapse when it all becomes too much.
Social Media and Television
It may seem fun to go watch a movie with friends or a television program but you may not realize the things you see and hear can trigger alcohol or substance use. Aside from depictions or simulations of using substances, just recalling your own past use can be triggered by watching it on the big screen. Social media is another place where you can read and see things that may trigger use so it is best to cut down consumption, especially in early recovery.
Formal, clinical treatment can provide you with tools and resources to cope with relationships in this new state of sobriety but it is not a perfect fix. Typically it is recommended to stay single while in early recovery to avoid some of the pitfalls of falling in and out of love with people while still finding your new feet. Sexual and romantic relationships can happen before you are ready to cope with issues of codependency where you may mistake infatuation with love. Another way you may be triggered is through a new job or promotion. It can be easy to let sobriety slide when it comes to work, social events and finding your way through this season. Take ownership of your sobriety and notice when you watch movies, are around family or friends and see someone you might like what it brings up for you. Keep your focus on recovery and the rest will fall in line when the time is right.
Oceanfront Recovery focuses on the power you have as an individual to change your story and build a better life. You will become empowered when you decide to let go of addiction to move into recovery. Our trained staff will help you get back on your feet and move forward. Call us to find out how we can help you get there: 877-279-1777