25 Feb I am Struggling in my Recovery …
What to do when you find yourself slipping…
At SPP we care equally about what happens for you when you leave our facility, as we do about what happens for you when you admit as an inpatient. So what can you do if you find yourself slipping?
Fear of relapsing is quite common – especially when you’re newly maneuvering your way around recovery – but the risks are there for everyone in recovery.
As soon as you’re able, stop and take some time out to recognise what’s going on for you. What was the trigger? Who do you need to reach out to? How can you best self- care in this moment?
Because you know that relapse can happen – it doesn’t automatically mean it that will, or that it has to. What’s most important though is not to succumb to it. Acknowledge the anxiety, stress, pressure, trigger, and then acknowledge what you need to do next to keep yourself safe.
Get to a 12-step meeting as soon as you can. Immerse yourself in meetings for as long as it takes. Reach out to your sponsor if you have one. If you don’t have one yet, see if you can get to a meeting and engage a temporary sponsor – someone who can support you over this immediate hurdle.
Remember your Continuing Care plan. Haven’t revisited it lately? Can’t find it? Call us. Speak with your SPP Continuing Care Case Manager and they will email you a copy of the letter we gave you on discharge, with our recommendations for your continuing care.
When you’re faced with a potential relapse, a day or evening program at SPP might feel like the last thing you want or have time to do. However, it’s exactly in these moments that it’s important to make attending a priority. Call and speak with your SPP Continuing Care Case Manager about what programs will help you right now.
Call your Therapist. If you get their voice mail, leave a message letting them know you’re struggling and need to speak with them ASAP. Make the earliest appointment possible to see them and talk through what has triggered you.
Reach out to those who can support you. Which family members, friends in recovery or loved ones can you sit down with and have an honest and open conversation? Don’t wait till it’s too late. Make the most of your support network at this time.
Fill your schedule with interactions and activities that focus on recovery. Go to a meeting twice, three times a day for a while until you are over this hump. Reach out.
Remember that urges and cravings dissipate over time. In the meantime, change your routine or schedule temporarily if need be. Put your recovery as the number one priority. Remind yourself of your incremental achievements this far. Do whatever it takes and never, ever give up on your goal of recovery. One step at a time.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus