Four ways to prevent emotion relapse during recovery


During addiction recovery it is very hard to maintain your sobriety especially with the triggers of everyday life. Staying sober throughout recovery is a skill all addicts must develop and requires perseverance to succeed. Keeping your emotion under control and stable will help making your recovery journey smoother.

Here are 4 tips to help you stay sober during recovery:

Remember the downside of drugs

There will come an unavoidable point in recovery where things do not go our way. Plans can fall through, we get into arguments, and it could be anything that sets your stress levels off. This is a part of life and managing your emotions effectively will help you stay on the path of sobriety.

When the going gets tough and the addict in you begins to reason why just one hit will be enough recall the negatives that came with drugs. All the pain, trouble and negative effects it has brought with it. This will help you to remember why the high is not worth it . Instead focus on finding a solution to your problems or take a moment to relax and not let your emotions cloud your judgment.

Step away from negativity

Putting all things negative behind you is another way to overcome an emotional relapse. Choose to stay positive and look on the bright side instead of letting your negative emotions get the better of you. When you begin to recognize you are in a negative situation your best bet is to remove yourself from the environment and talking the time to calm down down.

Use your coping skills

Throughout your addiction treatment your therapist has taught you various coping skills. These skills will prove useful when you begin to identify triggers. Your coping skills will allow you to deal with temptations and provide relief from the need to use.

Reward yourself

When things are going well or you manage to overcome the urge to use make sure to reward yourself! Do this will provide you with positive reinforcement. This technique will help you to establish a mental connection with making positive choices that will eventually become habits.

For further reference read our blog on “How to also prevent a mental relapse”


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.