A drug relapse is a real and ever-present threat to your ongoing recovery. It’s when you start using a drug again after staying off it for a while. It can lead to dangerous behaviors that could result in physical, mental, or emotional harm to yourself or others.
As you’re going through rehab for marijuana addiction, you can practice certain habits that lower your chances of relapsing. Follow these expert tips on marijuana relapse prevention.
1. Know Your Triggers
When you’re going through marijuana addiction treatment, it’s important to understand what things led to your drug use and cravings in the first place. Once you pinpoint these triggers, you can avoid them.
"When it comes to marijuana relapse (or relapse related to any substance) the best tips I can provide are to log the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive triggers before cravings,” Lina Haji, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at GIA Miami, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
“If one can identify exactly what they are thinking, feeling, and doing prior to experiencing a craving or an urge, patterns can be identified. Once those patterns are identified, the therapist and the patient can begin to break those patterns and replace maladaptive behaviors with adaptive ones,” says Haji.
2. Lean on Others for Support
During marijuana addiction treatment, you can’t be expected to do everything yourself. Your strength and willpower could wear down over time, so you should reach out to others for support.
“Many individuals find such support through mutual help groups such as SMART Recovery or Marijuana Anonymous. Once you have established at least one individual you can confide in, we encourage you to contact them as soon as you experience cravings to use marijuana, and talk your cravings through with that person,” say Lin Sternlicht, LMHC, and Aaron Sternlicht, LMHC, co-founders of Family Addiction Specialist.
This theme of therapy and sharing thoughts and experiences with others is common throughout marijuana addiction treatment.
3. Find a New Group of Friends
Certain people can be triggers for a relapse as well. You may need to stop seeing some of the people you used to hang out with if they use or sell marijuana, or if they tempt you into places or situations that could lead you to relapse.
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