Relapse is most commonly brought on by stress. Many addicts use their drug of choice or other destructive behaviour to cope with the stress of their lives.
In fact, studies show that cravings for drugs, alcohol, or addictive activities is highest during stressful times, especially if these were previously relied upon as a means of alleviating stress.
You can lessen the impact of this trigger by taking stock of your current level of stress. You can’t get rid of every stressful scenario in your life, but you can eliminate some of the causes. Making a list of all the people, places, and things in your life that are a source of stress may assist.
It is possible to lessen the frequency of stressful events by adjusting one’s way of life, interpersonal connections, and priorities. By doing so, you lessen the chances that stress will lead to a relapse.
Triggering environments or people
Whether or not they are currently drinking, smoking, or taking drugs, the people who engaged in your addictive behaviour in the past are possible triggers for a relapse. The same is true for specific locations that bring up unpleasant memories associated with your addiction. Even close relatives might be a source of stress if they make you feel insecure or like a child again. It’s crucial to have healthy coping mechanisms in place for times when you’re reminded of your addiction. If you struggle with alcohol addiction and a group of your drinking friends or co-workers invite you out, it can be helpful to have an answer prepared.