One of the most important pieces of a relapse prevention plan is to find out the things that could take you out of your sobriety. You may have learned this in treatment or therapy but should revisit this recovery tool often to make sure you have a clear-cut understanding of what your triggers are and where your cravings lie. By recognizing what you are like in relapse mode before you get into relapse mode will save you from doing something that could affect your sobriety.
You are restless, irritable, and discontent
You may be a teen which makes you hormonal and emotional because of all the changes your body is going through. While this may seem like a justifiable excuse to exhibit snarky behavior, learning the difference between having the RIDs and being in a teenage body is important to differentiate between. Resentment is the number one offender into relapse, so do something esteemable like being of service, meditating, or journaling to take your mind off your feelings through taking positive action.
You are talking yourself out of recovery
There may come a time in your recovery where you decide that being a teen trying to stay sober is not for you. Immediately this should be a red flag for you to comprehend that your brain is trying to kill you. When you start hearing the negative voices in your head it is time to turn the station to get positive vibes. Call your sponsor or therapist to get some inspiration and distract you from that voice in your head that tells you are unworthy of recovery.
You feel like isolating
If you feel like you are better alone than around others, then you have to realize that you are putting yourself in a precarious place. Yes, you may be the only teen in recovery which may separate you from peers your own age. With that being the case, you should suit up for meetings and fellowship with people in your recovery program. You may even want to try for 90 meetings in 90 days to get you connected to something other than your self-pity. Relapse is no cake walk. Although relapse has been said to be a part of recovery, that does not have to be your story. Do something to get you out of the mode that will cause you more harm than good if you pick up a drink or a drug. You never have to go back there again – it’s up to you.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center can help your teen with their drug and alcohol abuse. Our unique, adolescent, substance abuse program provides our patients with a customized and comprehensive level of care to maintain their sobriety.
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