How to Avoid Relapse

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Avoiding Relapse

People often ask what they should do to avoid relapse. In treatment those struggling with addiction are
taught that relapse is an expected part of recovery. This may be why addiction treatment programs have
relapse rates as high as 90% within the first year following treatment. Additionally, rates of overdose are
highest within the first 30 days of leaving a treatment program. Based on this, it would seem you can
avoid relapse by not going into treatment in the first place. Taking on a belief that you have a lifelong
disease that renders you powerless over substances, and that you must avoid anything that may “trigger
relapse” seems to be a direct path to return to heavy substance. The only way to avoid “relapsing” or
returning to heavy substance use is to change your preference for heavy use. In other words the key to
not using substances or using less is to come to believe you can be happier making a change than you
can be continuing to use or drink heavily. You don’t need treatment to do this, you just need to
reevaluate your reasons for your heavy use. What do you still like about it? People don’t do things they
see no value in doing. If you are abstinent and you feel as if you’re missing out because you can’t get
high, you are much more likely to go back to using. But if you are abstinent because you no longer see
value in using, or you believe you are happier not using, then you will stay abstinent. This is how all
people struggling with addiction make a lasting change in their substance use habits whether they go to
treatment or not. And you can stop thinking of a return to heavy substance use as a “relapse”, it’s not.
There is no addiction disease and no one is ever powerless. All people always have complete control
over what they put in their bodies. It’s just a matter of figuring out how much you actually like it, what
benefits you think you’re getting from it and if you can be happier without it or with less of it.

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