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5 Strategies You Can Implement In Your Workday to Emphasize Relapse Prevention

5 Strategies You Can Implement In Your Workday to Emphasize Relapse Prevention

You’ve been working hard in treatment, and you don’t want to relapse. For many, relapse is a very scary line that nobody really wants to cross. While often seen as a sign of failure, relapse is really just another stepping stone towards your path in recovery. Even through relapse, there is a lesson that one can learn, a change that can be made, and a new tool that one can find that may help in times of despair. Perhaps you’re wanting to take preventative measures at work to ensure that you don’t set yourself up for a relapse – when it comes to the workplace, this is an excellent idea. Increasing demands and pressure can make anyone spiral; having an action plan for these moments will help you get through them.

The following are some useful strategies you can use throughout your workday to help you prevent a relapse before it happens:

    • Check in with yourself. You can even set times throughout the day, such as at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., to check in and take note of any emotions you’re experiencing. This could let you know if relapse is coming, and you can take preventative measures.

 

  • Plan some time throughout the day that you can set aside to recuperate. If you’re feeling particularly stressed or angry, having some free time set aside can help you to work through those emotions without having to put them on the backburner.
  • Identify your support system, and have their numbers ready. Whether it be a friend, significant other, or leader from your recovery program, have some peoples’ contact information handy so you can call someone if you need support.
  • Write positive affirmations to remind yourself throughout the day. “Just breathe”, “You can do this”, and “One step at a time” are good reminders to see when you’re caught amidst some tough emotions.
  • Create a definite plan of action for if you’ve decided to do something impulsive. Write out exactly what you will do if you’re feeling risky. For example, “If I’m feeling really angry, I will de-stress by doing some breathing exercises on break. I will call my friend and talk to them if I’m still angry afterwards.”

 

By implementing these strategies, you will be less likely to relapse because you’ll have a plan of action set in place. We can’t always guess when the warning signs for relapse will occur, but we can be prepared to handle difficult emotions and situations in healthy ways.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about programs for mental illness and addiction. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

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