Practice mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness meditation is a practise that encourages introspection and insight. We are better able to manage potential relapse triggers as our level of self-awareness increases. The results of research indicate that people in recovery who participate in a mindfulness meditation relapse prevention programme do better than those who do not.
Those who practised mindfulness meditation reported fewer cravings, greater self-awareness, and reduced emotional reactivity, all of which contributed to their sustained abstinence.
Participants in Mindfulness meditation are urged to accept their appetites as neutral experiences and “roll with” them rather than try to suppress them. This method teaches people how to deal with cravings by accepting that they are inevitable and using strategies to avoid relapse.
Mindfulness meditation is characterised by ideas like acceptance, letting go of personal control, and the utilisation of prayer and meditation.
Fundamental to the practise of mindfulness is an intentional focus on the present moment, including one’s actions, surroundings, and relationships. Simply becoming aware of your actions without judgement is the first step towards increasing your level of mindfulness.
Keeping a journal or using a smartphone app to record your activities during the day can help you become more self-aware of your actions, thoughts, and emotions. This has the potential to provide profound understanding and agency in the face of our cravings.
Recognise your triggers
Anxiety, impatience, tension, anger, and low self-esteem are all examples of internal triggers, whereas people, places, and things can serve as exterior triggers. One effective strategy for reducing the likelihood of relapse is to keep a list of one’s internal and external triggers.
Sign up to a support group
Regular attendance at a support group, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), can provide emotional and social support, accountability, information, and the chance to connect with people who share similar experiences.
Support from a sponsor and other peers is often crucial during the recovery process. It helps prevent relapse by reducing the likelihood of isolation and the emotions of loneliness that often precede it.