Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction isn’t easy. Once you complete a rehab treatment program, you’ll be filled with hope for a healthy, sober future. What happens when you inevitably face a stressful situation? Having good coping skills can help you avoid relapse and falling back into the addiction trap.
Rehab eventually ends, and then you have to resume your life. Your freedom can be exhilarating but scary, too. You might wonder how you’ll avoid using again.
Having a relapse prevention plan can help. Instead of waiting for something to happen and then react to it, you can prepare yourself for different situations. Relapse isn’t only a physical event; it often begins on an emotional or mental level first. Good coping skills acquired during high-quality behavioral therapy prepare you mentally for future temptations.
3 Coping Skills You Can Use
To avoid relapse, you can learn how to:
Change your thinking: You might have started using to make yourself feel better because negative thoughts and emotions overwhelmed you. You can change how you think. When you start to feel bad about yourself, think of how much you’ve accomplished. Tell yourself that you’re a good person who deserves to be healthy and whole. It may take a while for these positive thoughts to override the negative ones, but practice is key for developing a positive mindset.
Manage your stress positively: Instead of turning to destructive substances to deal with stress, find better ways to handle life’s difficulties. Exercise, listen to music, take part in a favorite hobby, or whatever positive stress reliever helps you.
Manage high-risk situations: Even the most dedicated person in recovery will find himself in tempting spaces at times. You might attend a party where the host serves alcohol. If you can’t avoid high-risk situations, put some distance between yourself and the substance. You may have to step outside or engage someone who doesn’t use in conversation. Maybe you have to leave early. That’s okay. Your sobriety too important to take risks when you don’t have to.
Other coping skills that will help you include talking to a trusted person in your support network and being mindful of every decision you make, including the consequences of them.
Coping Skills and Recovery at The Hills
At The Hills Treatment Center, you can begin recovery in a luxurious setting in the Hollywood Hills. Our secluded location rests on four acres where you’ll have access to various amenities that can make your stay more comfortable, productive, and enriching.
Our addiction therapy services include:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
We’re a pet-friendly environment that assures our clients of confidentiality and discretion.
Addiction doesn’t have to run, or ruin, your life. Instead, seek treatment at a quality rehab facility and overcome it. We’re ready to help you on the road to recovery. Call us today at 866-323-4665. to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.