Dealing with the Speed Bumps of Recovery

Dealing with the Speed Bumps of Recovery

Take responsibility for your mistakes to achieve successful recovery

People cannot completely control their surroundings, so the threat of a relapse is unavoidable. This thought should not discourage people’s hopes of recovery, but it should prepare them for the work they have to do. Speed bumps are normal during recovery, so learn how to cope with them to maintain recovery for the long haul.

Common Setbacks During Addiction Recovery

Many problems can trigger addictive thought-processes, feelings and tendencies. Seeing an old friend, a change in the weather, losing a job, getting sick and etc., many problems encourage relapse. During addiction treatment, patients must identify the cues that trigger drug cravings, and they may include stress, social engagements, relationship problems, financial issues, boredom or loneliness. Addiction triggers can even be the people, places or things that addicts associate with using drugs; for example, many people associate smoking cigarettes with driving in the car, because the two activities commonly co-occurred. Once someone identifies her particular addiction triggers, she will know what to avoid and how to deal with them if they are unavoidable.

Another common setback in recovery is complacency. Recovering addicts may have made great choices for sobriety, stayed motivated and avoided drugs, so one day they may feel overconfident. Staying motivated during recovery is often difficult, especially when drug use is no longer causing problems and destroying lives.

Ways to Cope with Speed Bumps of Recovery

When setbacks occur during recovery, people instinctually feel frustrated, overwhelmed and even hopeless. Obstacles are inevitable, so those who can cope with them will have better odds of maintaining a lasting recovery. People must adopt the idiom that “when you fall down, you must get back up.” In the event of a setback, it is best to take the following actions:

  • Identify the problem
  • Avoid getting worked up about the little things. Put the setback into perspective and recognize that life will go on, and so will you. Mistakes are inevitable, and you can overcome them with the right attitude.
  • Utilize your coping skills: Find aspects of life that enable you to cope, whether it be therapy, physical activity, meditation, creative therapies, breathing exercises, attending  meeting, taking a bath, talking and etc.
  • Take responsibility for your mistakes. In doing so, you can stop blaming others, which allows for growth and progress.
  • Find a light in the darkness: Mistakes are beneficial, because people can learn from them. Setbacks alert us to wrong paths in recovery. One must view the setback as a positive event to learn from and to strengthen recovery.
  • Surround yourself with support: Communicate and lean on friends, family, support groups, therapists, sponsors and others who will help you get back on-track with recovery. Don’t clam up or isolate yourself from others, but be honest to receive the support you need to move forward.

With help, you can recover from relapse.

Find Help During Recovery

If you are looking for help in addiction recovery, then please call our admissions coordinators at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. Our staff are happy to answer your questions and to connect you with the services you need to achieve recovery, so reach out to them right now.