When you’re in recovery, the world doesn’t become a drug and alcohol-free place. So…get a plan in place. Meetings, accountability partners, sober friends and family that can assist you in relapse prevention steps. But, once you’re truly committed to being sober, it’s not easy and it’s a lifelong disease that needs to be managed like diabetes so sit your ass down, follow me on social media and I’ll give you some non-AA/NA information that will help you (I would recommend that you find home meetings to go to where you can go to empathize with others and get support).
It’s been my experience that heroin and alcohol are the most difficult to treat. I’ve worked in a methadone clinic as a counselor/pee collector/putting out fires before I got my Master’s Degree in Social Work and became a Therapist and took over a substance abuse/addiction program. When I took it over, it was based in the 12 steps. It was a court-mandated program and 12-Step Programs are for people a) admit they have a problem and b) want to get help. Court-mandated clients rarely believe they have a problem upon entering treatment.
The point is, I know what I’m talking about and not just spouting other things I’ve read. So, when I say heroin and alcohol are the most difficult to treat, believe me. And, believe me when I say that, if Opiates ARE your poison, Methadone and/or Suboxone are another addiction to pick up that are just a legal replacement. They’re also expensive and an easy way to convince yourself that you’re addiction is “cured” because you’re on something legal, you’re sorely mistaken my friend, you just have a new problem.
There are three basic ways to cope with stressors in life: One thing to try is to alter the situation so that it’s not a trigger for you. Examples:
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Please leave your comments about what has helped you in your relapse prevention plan, what has worked for your family members or if something is NOT working.