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Why There Is More to Recovery than Sobriety

Why There Is More to Recovery than Sobriety

Getting sober can be achieved during rehab, but maintaining it after treatment can be even more difficult

Getting sober can be achieved during professional rehab, but maintaining it after treatment ends can be even more difficult. Rehab is essential to the overall recovery process, but once it ends many tools are needed to maintain sobriety. After rehab, sobriety is not enough to maintain a healthy, enjoyable life in recovery, because recovery is a lifelong process that requires support, behavioral development and life-skills training. Trying to stay sober each day without planning to handle difficult situations will likely cause relapse, so San Diego drug addicts must take action not only to get clean, but also to stay that way.

Potential relapse triggers during recovery may include the following problems:

  • Stress – Life in recovery will certainly bring with it moments of stress that can be difficult to cope with now that drugs are no longer used. When stress arises, it can signal a recovering addict’s brain to abuse drugs. In the midst of stress, San Diego’s recovering addicts must resort to positive behaviors that will lead away from relapse.
  • Environmental cues – The environment can play a major role in relapse, as it can send off sensory cues when certain people or places associated with drug abuse are seen. If a San Diego recovering addict sees a former drug using partner or dealer, it can trigger her memory of past drug use and even damage her decision-making abilities.
  • Emotions – Negative and positive emotions alike can lead to relapse. Negative emotions like anger are likely to trigger relapse, just as recovering addicts who experience anger without support are likely to give up on sobriety. On the other hand, positive emotions may be experienced at a party or social gathering, which may cause recovering addicts to relapse to have fun.
  • Depression – Recovering addicts often experience depression during recovery. Without a proper plan, support or treatment, depression is likely to cause relapse, but it can be overcome without the drugs when professionals, friends and San Diego family members offer support and encouragement.
  • Exposure – Simply being exposed to an environment with alcohol or other drugs can trigger relapse. People who regularly attend social gatherings or parties will likely come into contact with a substance of abuse that can trigger cravings.

Many relapse triggers are unavoidable during recovery, so relapse will likely occur if a San Diego resident’s goal of recovery is simply staying sober. Be actively involved in support groups, community groups and regularly seek support from professionals, friends and family members during recovery to find a full, healthy life free from drugs.

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If you or a San Diego loved one struggles with drug addiction and needs help, then please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day to help you find a treatment program that will work for you. Do not let drug addiction ruin your life; call us today for instant support.