Recovering from an addiction may, in fact, be the most difficult challenge one will ever face in their life. From going to living with something, whether it be drugs, alcohol, or other, practically being completely dependent on it, to not having to have it at all is life changing. Sometimes this can be for the worse, sometimes for the better. What it all comes down to is the integrity of the one who was suffering.
The recovery process may, in fact, be harder. For inpatients with more severe addictions will require a longer recovery process. Many factors must be taken into account before throwing themselves back into the world. There will be certain restrictions from now on in their lives.
Knowing the Triggers
Triggers are the most dangerous part of the recovery process because it only takes one to cause a total relapse. Depending on the type of addiction a patient had will be a factor into what their triggers may be. For alcoholics:
- Bars or anywhere that serves alcohol up front.
- Certain people or friends from before.
- Places with bad emotional memories.
All these places should be considered off limits to them for a very long time. There can be steps taken to make sure they are staying away from them as well.
Avoiding the Triggers
Bars are the number one trigger for recovering alcoholics for obvious reasons. It’s easy for one to slip up and have a drink. To avoid any of this from happening, they should refrain from walking by a bar. If they are allowed to drive, it can be just as easy but not as tempting. However, from walking around town, one could simply walk right into one. If they begin to have these urges they could either call their sponsor to talk them out of it, or the bartender can be notified who the person is. If they’re told the situation and know not to sell to them it can begin a chain reaction for other bars as well.
Certain people to avoid will become apparent while in recovery. Once they know who these people were they know they pose a danger to their health. These could have been old friends that would only hang out with the former addict if drinking was involved. If the recovering addict still wants to be their friend, they must understand that they may not have been good friends after all. They will know the true friends in their life from how concerned others are compared to those who aren’t.
Finally, avoiding certain places. This is a little specific, but important. In rehab, if the patient had moments of clarity where they understood their drinking problem was linked to a certain place, that place should be avoided at all cost. This doesn’t have to be a bar, but could possibly a family member’s home, or a childhood home with bad memories. It could even be a former place of employment that led them down the road to alcoholism.
Addiction recovery may be even harder than the rehab in the long haul. It’s always best for the former addicts to remember those in their lives that love them dearly and only wish they recover soon. To be in the state of recovery from a long addiction can be hard, but even harder for those around them. For a loved one to have to watch someone tear apart their life is horrifying, but to watch them build it back up is rewarding. As long as those who care for the recovering addict are helpful in the recovery process, they will be happy in the end.