Holiday weekends, for many, are a time of celebration, relaxation and enjoying the company of others. But with parties, festivals and friendly get-togethers, they can also be challenging for those battling substance use disorder (SUD). Preparation to handle holiday addiction relapse triggers is key to enjoying holiday weekends (and life) without putting your sobriety at risk.
A saying many are familiar with, “the first step is recognizing you have a problem” carries over into recognizing the triggers that can cause a problem, too. The first step in avoiding or dealing with holiday weekend addiction triggers is recognizing them.
Every individual is different – and the most effective technique for preventing addiction relapse is identifying your own personal triggers and high-risk situations. That being said, there are a few common relapse triggers that may be present during holiday weekend celebrations for which you can prepare ahead of time.
Common Holiday Relapse Triggers
Being aware of potential triggers – common triggers and your individual triggers – is important to being able to experience life while avoiding addiction relapse.
As with triggers, an individual’s capacity for dealing with triggers varies – even on a day-to-day basis. The key is to use what you learned in treatment to evaluate your capacity for handling your triggers each day, including holiday weekends, and implement your coping skills when needed.
Relapse happens – and it doesn’t discriminate. The risk is always there – no matter how well you prepare and work at sobriety. But the most important thing to remember is, that if relapse occurs – it is not a moral failing on your part. Relapse does not mean recovery is not possible – it just means that you need to act and reprioritize your sobriety in your life. If you have experienced relapse and are looking for more advanced addiction treatment care, contact us today to learn more about treatment at Wellbridge.
Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools and resources to help you live your life in the most responsible way and cope with triggering emotions and thoughts along the way.