Planning for Alcohol or Drug Relapse - Topic Overview
It may be helpful to write down your triggers and think about them.
Are some more likely to cause a relapse than others? Rate your triggers from
most likely to cause a relapse to least likely to cause a relapse.
Now decide how to deal with your triggers. You might need to avoid
certain situations or people or stay away from a favorite place or activity. If
you know you can't avoid a trigger, bring a friend with you for support.
If you lapse or relapse
If you begin using drugs or alcohol again:
- Stop drinking or using the drug at once. Get
rid of it. Pour it down the sink or flush it down the toilet. Leave the
situation you are in.
- Keep calm. Remember that you have a plan,
and remind yourself how hard you've worked to stay sober or
- Get support right away. Call the people listed on your
plan or go to the places your plan lists.
- When you've stopped
drinking or using, think about what happened. Find out what caused you to
relapse and how you can prevent it from happening again. Put this into your
If you are thinking about drinking or using a drug, take action.
Find support to help you reject the temptation.