Early sobriety is an exciting time, especially when you’ve recently completed treatment. And while we encourage you to take in the world around you, it’s important to be vigilant. Particularly in the early months of sobriety, you’re likely to encounter triggers, as well as urges to drink or use drugs again. Without extensive planning and support, these urges can turn into relapses. That’s why, at Hope Canyon, we do all we can to equip you with the tools you need to avoid and prevent relapse as you move along your recovery journey.
Throughout all phases of your substance abuse treatment at Hope Canyon, we’ll educate you about relapse warning signs, triggers and coping skills. That way, when they happen to you — as they happen to most people in recovery — you won’t be surprised, and instead can handle them in a healthy way.
After all, your brain is adapting to functioning without drugs and alcohol, and sometimes it can revert to old, destructive patterns … especially when you’re feeling hungry, tired or otherwise vulnerable. The good news is that you can know in advance what to look for, and have a plan in place. And we’re here to help.
You’ll want to take action to combat triggers and urges that can lead to relapse. Many times, that involves changing your environment and seeking the support of other people in recovery. Here are a few options:
Your individualized recovery plan includes directions for aftercare. Hope Canyon offers aftercare support meetings, and you’re encouraged to attend regularly. You’ll also find support and camaraderie through our alumni groups. And be sure to continue with therapy and counseling, so your behavioral health team can provide expert advice in preventing relapse.
No matter what, you never have to feel alone. Your friends at Hope Canyon are here to support you and give you the guidance you need to avoid relapse — and find happiness in recovery.