Relapse Triggers: Cause and Avoidance

As you try to get sober, one of the toughest parts can be trying to avoid relapsing. Therefore, it helps to know some common relapse triggers. These situations tend to make people more tempted to relapse than others. That way, you’ll know what to avoid and good ways to do so…

Relapse Triggers: Common Types

Withdrawal symptoms

The most frequent type of relapse triggers are withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from being mildly annoying to quite severe. When they get to the point of being nearly unbearable, some people will relapse in an effort to try and get their symptoms to stop. This could lead to them accidentally overdosing, because they ingest more than their body can handle.

For the most part, these symptoms will go away after a couple of days. Still, those cravings can last for months, and come back unexpectedly even years down the line. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you have strong support from friends, support groups, and other professionals to help you avoid a relapse.

Emotional distress

Severe emotional distress can also be some people’s relapse triggers. In general, these tend to be things like stress, anxiety, or depression. As someone is trying to get sober, they also have to adapt to any other changes occurring in their lives. They may end up relapsing in an effort to “feel better” if they struggle to cope properly.

A good way to prevent this is to learn healthy ways to cope with those negative feelings. It may help to meet with a mental health professional to accomplish this. That way, you can learn what may be causing those feelings and how you can respond in a healthy way when they come up.

Peer pressure

Unfortunately, the people around you could potentially become relapse triggers. While most people will have friends and family support them, others may have them try and encourage risky behaviors. For example, they may tempt you to just have “one drink” when you’re out, despite your efforts to keep clean.

The best way to avoid this is to try and tell them how it makes you feel when they pressure you in such a way. It’s possible that they didn’t realize what they were doing and will stop. For those who don’t, however, the safest thing is to just avoid being around them as best as you can.