Relapse Prevention

Recovery has many steps for finding better ways to deal with problems, other than using drugs.

Set a goal and write down a plan for how you are going to recover.

Find a support group that is right for you. NEVERALONECLUB.ORG is not affiliated with AA, NA or any other 12-step or other recovery group.

There are many other 12 step groups such as Heroin Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous. Click here for a list of 12 step programs on Wikipedia. These programs are a way for you to be with others facing the same problems, who are here to help you.

Be Active

Get involved with others by joining social, community, or church activities in your town.

Be a volunteer to help others.

Please help us be here for the newcomer -- Even with one day clean you can welcome and encourage somebody else. You may be the first kind word they've heard in a long time.

Do something new in your life and think about the things that are important to you. Try to remember hobbies and things you "used to" enjoy before your addiction took focus.

Learn to understand your feelings

Learn to live better with anxiety, anger, conflict, and feeling alone in healthier ways. Your support groups and/or sponsor can help with this.

Learn how to lower stress without abusing drugs. Some people enjoy exercise and meditation. Others like to play with pets. Try listening to music or having a massage. Go for a walk.

Avoid places, people, or times that would trigger your cravings. Do not spend time with friends who are still abusing drugs. Instead spend time with people who can help you in your recovery. Avoid going to bars and clubs. Do not drink alcohol. Some prescription drugs have a high chance for abuse, these include sleeping pills painkillers and anti anxiety drugs.

Find ways to cope with cravings

Talk with family or friends. Come into chat and talk about cravings, we never close! We may be able to help you do things to keep you from thinking about drugs. Often times, listening to someone else in need gets us out of ourselves and makes us forget about our own problems or our craving for awhile.

Keep us in your back pocket, we have a mobile app that works on Android and Apple. If you do not have a smartphone or computer, there are meetings you can dial into all day on NABYPHONE.COM

When cravings happen, you may remember the good feelings only and forget the bad things about using drugs. Remind yourself that you will not really "feel good" if you go back to using drugs. You came here for a reason!

Sometimes in early recovery we have to learn how to be okay with not being okay for a little while. Come talk through it with us, you never have to use again and you do not have to do this alone anymore.

Talk with friends and family. Let them know how to best help you. They may be able to find support in a 12-step program for family members of someone who is addicted. Examples of these programs are Al-Anon (for family and loved ones of alcoholics), Nar-Anon (for family and loved ones of addicts), and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics. These programs will give your family facts about recovery and how they can help you recover.

A Decision Point

Many of us think that we're in "relapse territory" when we start craving drugs or alcohol.

Or that the "relapse" happens when we decide to use drugs or alcohol. This is what is called a "decision point."

Looking at circumstances leading up to a relapse, one might find significant stressors in any of the following areas:

Early Recovery Struggles Financial Stressors Issues with a stabilizing factor ("pillar") or personal relationship(s) Changes in treatment Life events Health Issues
Intense Craving (need more distance between you and the last drug), access to drugs at work/home or socially, access to money or means to use. Hanging out in bars, on the block with your boys, or "apps" with a high prevalence of PnP or other drug use. Income, bills, rent, employment, no access to stable housing (or looming threat of the loss of housing), healthcare, medication, and other psychosocial needs. Poor relationships at work, in your homegroup, places you rely on for strength including even this chatroom.

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Grieving over lost loved ones, breakups, being "on the outs" with close friends, etc

Starting/stopping therapy, group, treatment, medication. Loss of or change in "sponsor" or other types of supportive relationships in recovery. Marriage, Newborn Child, Changing Jobs, Changing Cities, Moving, Starting or Graduating School. Losing a job or a service position. Serious conditions, disability, chronic pain, mental health including depression and anxiety [recurrence of PTSD, trauma schemas, hallucinations, irritability, poor impulse control, hypervigilance, etc]

If you think back to your last binge or relapse, you might recognize one -- or even several -- of these.

One of our goals is to educate participants to be vigilant about relapse triggers and recognize the need to reach out to their community for additional support. This would be a good time to focus on walking through life's changes and challenges with your recovery community -- both here in the chatroom, and in face to face meetings, for those who attend those -- instead of binging or having a behavioral relapse.

The Cycle of Addiction