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Stop It Before It Starts: Tips for Avoiding Relapse

What is Relapse?

When someone who has struggled with substance abuse has achieved some period of sobriety and then returned to active use, that is relapse. While going back out does happen, it doesn’t happen to everyone, and people who stay sober tend to do the same things. We have some tips for avoiding relapse.

It’s extremely common for people who struggle with addiction to relapse at least once during recovery. We can help you!

 
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Build a Solid Network of Sober Friends

Remember, the friends you meet in sobriety understand what you’ve been through. They know what it is to experience cravings that can feel impossible to get through. So after you’ve made some contacts, use those phone numbers! It can help to remember that by reaching out to a sober friend when you are struggling, you are actively helping *them* to stay sober by reminding them of how powerful the disease can be. Your reaching out helps them “keep it green”, to remember just how bad it can get.

Having sober friends also means not having to worry about avoiding or dealing with alcohol every time you make social plans.

H.A.L.T. Your Relapse Before It Begins

Here are four relapse prevention tips in one. There are physiological and emotional states that leave addicts and alcoholics especially susceptible to relapse. Minding these is key to staying sober, and they spell out the acronym H.A.L.T.

  • Hungry – An empty stomach is a powerful ally for relapse. Letting yourself get too hungry can intensify cravings and lower your ability to withstand them.
  • Angry – If you get upset, that feeling is often followed by a wave of “Forget this, forget everything. I don’t care.” In this state, the escapism of using can seem attractive, though it will only make everything worse. Exercise or meditation can help you either redirect or let go of anger.
  • Lonely – Isolating is hallmark behavior of the addict. The more time you spend alone, the further you get away from a healthy and sustainable recovery. Use your network!
  • Tired – Our patience and resiliency are at their lowest when we are exhausted. Be attuned if you’re more irritable or short-tempered than usual. Chances are good a little extra rest will do you a world of good.

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Five Rules of Recovery

Relapse prevention isn’t as simple as ending your relationship with drugs and alcohol. Preventing relapse requires taking an active role in your recovery. Here, we’ll explore the five rules of recovery that can help you stay on track, even when temptations arise.

Change Your Life

Successful, long-term recovery requires the creation of a life in which it’s easier to stay away from your substance of choice.

Be Completely Honest

Addiction begets lying. When you’re working on your recovery, complete honesty is key. When you find yourself telling fibs, or thinking about telling a “harmless” lie, you’re walking a dangerous line.

Ask For Help

Many people who struggle with addiction believe that they can overcome the problem on their own. While this may be true in rare cases, going through recovery alone is extremely difficult, and in most cases, impossible. Working your program or utilizing an outpatient drug treatment center can be life-saving.

Practice Self-Care

For most people, using drugs and/or alcohol is a way to reward themselves, or to relax and unwind. When you practice proper self-care, you can meet these needs without using them. Self-care is not selfish. When you take care of yourself, you’re able to show up for others in a way that wasn’t possible when you were using.

Don’t Bend the Rules

If you find yourself searching for loopholes within the rules of recovery, you’re dangerously close to relapse. Making secret deals with yourself that you’ll be able to use later in life – once you have things “under control” – is a sign that you need to reach out for support immediately.

Common Triggers: What You Need To Know

Knowing your triggers is a valuable part of what you’ll learn at our drug and alcohol treatment centers in Ogden Utah Ogden UT.

  • In addition to H.A.L.T., some other common relapse triggers include:
    Withdrawal symptoms
  • Post-acute withdrawal symptoms
  • People, places, and things that remind you of using
  • Poor self-care
  • Relationships and sex (especially when something goes wrong)
  • Isolation
  • Overconfidence (thinking that you’re strong enough in your recovery that you can stop working on your program)

Stages of Relapse

Relapse is far more complicated than the act of returning to drug or alcohol use. The process of relapse may start long before the physical act of using takes place.

Stages of relapse include:

  • Emotional relapse: Use doesn’t occur during this stage. Emotional relapse sets you up for the potential to use in the future. Signs of emotional relapse are congruent with post-acute withdrawal and may include mood swings, isolation, refusal to ask for help, poor self-care, and anxiety.
  • Mental relapse: In this stage, thoughts like, “I could have a drink and then get right back on track,” or “I could use a night out with my old friends,” start to creep up. While active use isn’t happening yet, thoughts are headed in that direction.
  • Physical relapse: Drinking or drug use occurs here, after emotional and mental relapse. Relapse and recovery go hand and hand for some, but it doesn’t have to be this way for you. The good news: relapse recovery is possible.

Make the Decision to Go to Any Length to Stay Sober

While relapse prevention tips are good to know, they’re only worth as much as you act on them. We know the phenomenon of the “thousand-pound phone”; even if your phone is full of sober contacts you can reach out to, actually doing so when you’re tempted to drink or use can feel daunting. But this is what separates actually staying sober from just knowing how to stay sober.

Contact Renaissance Ranch Ogden for Relapse Prevention and Addiction Recovery in Utah

Commit to your sober life fully; don’t try to keep one foot in the past. Use all the tools you learned in treatment and you will come to know a brighter, more satisfying, ultimately sustainable way of living.

Have questions? Need help? Contact Renaissance Ranch Ogden online or call us at 385-222-3737 today and our friendly, professional staff will be happy to assist you.

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I am very thankful for Renaissance Ranch this program has helped my daughter very much. She has reached her one sobriety and her life has completely turned around for the better and she is now helping others. Thank you from one very happy mother and thank you for your family support program too.
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Morgan Berry
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Chris Davis
Several years ago I went with a loved one to a court ordered addiction program. While I could see that the counselors truly wanted to help their clients, I often left thinking that it was a very cold environment. I never heard anyone there speaking from experience.From the moment I met Dave, I knew he got it and understands the struggles. He freely shares about his own road to recovery. He has always treated me with kindness and respect. Most of all, I see his example of how to live in recovery. I found hope that I can finally conquer my addictions. If you are looking for a place to heal yourself and your family from the ravages of addiction, here's the place to start your journey.
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Brandon Bolinder
I am a 24 year old man and came to Renaissance with unmanageable depression, anxiety and anger issues after I tried to quit abusing alcohol and marijuana. I admitted I felt scared and pathetic for even needing treatment. Immediately after my intake interview I joined my first group session and soon learned it wasn't pathetic at all to seek treatment, it was a sign of great strength.The group has always accepted everything I've said with open hearts, challenged my close mindedness with care, and prompted me to share even when I feel closed and isolated.The Ranch has made me realize no one is ever alone. People care for one another here, absences are noticed with concern and relapses (if they happen) are talked through and understood. Shame is NEVER a part of this dynamic. Some sessions are fun and full of laughter and jokes, some are intense and very introspective. At the end of each day, we have all worked through some aspect of our addiction. Without the support of this group I would not have the tools to continue practicing sobriety and reclaim good health and happiness.(However, I did gain about 20 pounds because members often bring sweets to share. You win some you lose some)
Zachery Johnstun
I am forever grateful and in debt to Renaissance Ranch Ogden. The love and support that they offer to myself and others who have struggled with addiction far surpasses to other treatment centers that I have been involved with. The program focuses on the personal development and self-care that is needed to be successful. One-on-one sessions and group meetings are available, and in turn the group members all become extended family that truly care about the success of one another. I am so happy that Renaissance Ranch Ogden has given me a new found hope and ability to tackle any and all obstacles that may come to face, and do so in a positive manner. Truly saved my life, and the well-being of those closest to me. Thank you so much!
T Brim
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Ryan Mccloy
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My brother Ryan is a kind and strong soul. So am i, but Im still lost. The ranch is helping and digging to find my inner self. I respect that. But I'm not rich, so I'm using what I got. And it really is worth it.
Jared Hurst
I got my Brother to do the renaissance ranch program. For his alcohol addiction. He's been going for a 2 weeks now and he really enjoys going. I've been able to talk to him more and his anger problems have been going away. Also his alcohol problem has been decreasing. My brother says that the groups he's been going to don't judge him and he realizes that there are other that there are people there with the same problems if not worse, Dave is a commendable guy, I got to meet a gal their named Charlotte she was awesome. They do one on one counseling with each person. I would recommend this program with any one that needs help in any addiction problem or anger issues. It's been only 2 weeks and I can notice a big difference in my brother already. Thank you Renaissance Ranch.
Ryan Hurst
Finding Renaissance Ranch IOP in Ogden was literally an answer to prayer. Words cannot express how grateful I am for this program and the people who provide it. It has helped me reconnect with God and remove heavy burdens I have carried around for decades. For the first time in a long time I feel like I have real hope - and the support I need to keep moving forward. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection! The program at RR guides you toward that connection with God, with yourself, and with others. Anyone and everyone could benefit from the knowledge, insights, and support available through this program. There are so many types of addiction, but in the end they are all just different ways to try and cope with stress, fear, pain, etc. This program helps you realize there is only ONE solution to truly overcome addiction and take your life back. Finding Renaissance Ranch is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. So grateful to be a part of it.
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Chris Duersch
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Hunter Barnes
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Kelsi Barnes
I'm am so grateful for the staff and their program that brought me to a new and thankful life. Their patience and dedication to my recovery literally saved my life.i highly recommend them to anyone truely looking for help in their recovery.
Mark Achter
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I'm amazed at the extra attention given to detail at Renaissance Ranch Ogden, they make everyone feel welcome, they sincerely care for each and every persons needs. The counselors doors are always open if we need some one on one time with them. I didn't know how much I needed their help until I started attending, If you or someone you know needs help with their addiction, I highly recommend Renaissance Ranch Ogden it's warm and welcoming. It's been a fantastic experience on my road to recovery.
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My family had a great experience with Renaissance Ranch. They were empathetic and very sensitive to any and all unique situations.
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There are so many wonderful things to say about this incredible program that 1) it would be impossible to address all the terrific aspects in one short review, and 2) no matter how eloquent I could write the words will still be inadequate to express just how great this program really is. How could I say how grateful I am for this program that literally has saved my life. When I came into the program I was broken, defeated, overwhelmed and had all but given up. This was my last attempt to save my life. By the time I came to the program I had a suicide plan and means with the intent to end my life. With a family history of completed suicide I knew if I was going to act upon my plan that I would dang sure make sure it worked and that I would complete it not just attempt it. At the time I finally entered the program life felt much harder to continue to live than it felt to just give up and die. I am blessed there are other people in my life that I just didn’t want to hurt to that degree but even so I really was “done” with living. Tired of being addicted and depressed, tired of trying to put my life back in order and unable to do so, I was willing to give my life one more try and the only thing I could think of doing was reaching out to a program and professionals that just might be able to help me. My insurance was not contracted with any dual diagnosis (dx) programs (substance abuse and mental health issues) in this area. So I went in search of a program that might be able to meet my needs. I called several programs in the area and continued to be disappointed and defeated because they would not accept me for one reason or another, or they were not truly dual dx programs. Then I finally talked to Dave Rose with the Renaissance Ranch Addiction Treatment Center and for the first time in many many months I finally found a little bit of hope. He knew my story, he had lived my story, and now he was busy helping others change the ongoing chapters of their lives. I felt accepted and understood from the beginning, both with my addiction and with the serious aspect of my mental illness. I had been down for such a long time and without hope for such a prolonged period that I still did not hold out a lot of hope. At least when I talking with Dave about this program I could tell here was a real person who truly sounded genuine, passionate and informed about these diseases. He was transparent, honest and encouraging and I could tell he really understood what was going on with me because he told me my story before I told my story to him. He truly knew what I was doing, what I was going through, what I was feeling and just how low I had fallen.(please see 2nd and 3rd part of this review, thanks)
Diana Williams
I know Dave Rose personally and he is one of the best people I know. If you, or someone you care about needs help, this is the place to go. Dave will make sure the kind of treatment needed will be given.
Jon West
My family and I are forever grateful for Renaissance ranch. Dave rose is my uncle and he was at a point in his life where he felt like it was over and he couldn't find a way out. It got to the point where it was about to tear our family apart, and ever since he came here it has strengthened his relationship with his immediate family especially his wife Chris and the rest of us as well. They got sealed in the temple together and changed him into a completely different person for the better. Love this program!
Andrea oettinger
I've been so impressed with the tremendous blessings our family has seen. We have watched Dave Rose and his family increase spiritually and his example has helped our family and so many others.
Cory Davis
The Ranch saved my life in 2009! My husband went to rehab there and I was able to participate in the family program they offered. I thought my husband was the one that needed "fixin" but I learned that addiction is truly a family disease.....I was able to find my Savior and apply his atonement into my life.....and for that, I am forever grateful!!!
Shalonna Rich
In 2004 I was searching for a rehab facility for myself. I met with David Rose and was so impressed. He helped me get a scholarship for the program. I attended Therapia women's center in St George and it's the best decision I ever made. David made me feel so comfortable and was so knowledgeable because he has been through it himself. I will never forget his kindness and willgness to help me. I am celebrating 4 years sober this year thanks to Renaissance Ranch and Therapia!
Rachel Goodrich

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