Relapse Prevention Tips

According to, the typical success rate of rehab is between 2%-20% — however, some programs boast success rates of 75%. The more effective a rehab program is, the more successful recovery rates are. Karuna Recovery features sober living homes in the Los Angeles area. The goal of their programs is to provide a safe space free of the temptations, pressures, and distractions of home. Here are some tips to prevent relapse on your own journey.

Set Boundaries

The acronym HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Avoiding these conditions lowers stress and helps you avoid triggers and cravings. Set regular meal times and get plenty of sleep for an easy win on two of these items. Controlling anger and loneliness are tougher, especially if you’ve decided to stay away from toxic friends. Karuna offers safe havens for those undergoing addiction treatment. You can meet others on the same path to a sober, meaningful life.

Summer brings warm weather and the freedom to enjoy outdoor events, but it can also create opportunities to relapse that are best avoided. If you’re on vacation, spend a few minutes each day reflecting on the importance of maintaining sobriety and to gather strength to resist any temptation that occurs. Don’t be afraid to speak up and alter your plans if too many temptations are cropping up.

Listen and Believe In Yourself

When you listen to your instincts, you can easily recognize and avoid situations that trigger your addiction. Check-in with yourself often to assess your feelings. When you recognize feelings of stress and fear that threaten to overwhelm you, find someone to talk to. Group sessions and sober living reinforce your ongoing recovery. They also provide a forum to openly discuss your struggles. You may even be able to help someone else on their path to sobriety.

Avoid Triggering Situations

Drug and alcohol addiction can put a serious crunch on your social life. Clubs, raves, bars and even the home of a friend may be suddenly off-limits to you. Sober living presents a safe place to grow other relationships without giving up accountability. With the house manager and other residents to keep you honest and your own determination, you can avoid situations that trigger relapses. If you feel the need to go to a night club to test your willpower, don’t do it. It’s like playing Russian roulette with your life.

Develop Positive Support Systems

Once you decide to stop drinking and using drugs, it’s time to say goodbye to toxic friends. These include more than the people you did drug or drank with.  Toxic individuals in your life may include bosses, relatives, and even your parents — anyone who stresses you out or makes you powerful needs to be shown the door.

No one has to face sobriety alone. Surround yourself with healthy people, especially during trying times. This can remind you why you decided to become sober in the first place. Positive people who are supportive of a substance-free lifestyle are so empowering. This might include a beloved aunt, your best friend from middle school or the people you meet in group meetings.

Stay In Therapy

Living sober opens the door to new possibilities, but you also bring some heavy emotional issues along with you. Instead of turning back to alcohol or drugs, work with a counselor who can help you deal with your feelings productively. Weekly therapy is recommended for up to two years after you take your last drink or use for the last time. There are social and professional organizations designed to help you stay true to your journey. Take advantage of every opportunity that works for you.

Take Medications As Needed

Don’t second guess your doctors when it comes to taking medication designed to preserve your sobriety. If you have an adverse reaction to a medication, let your health care professional know right away, but try to stay on your prescribed course for as long as needed.

Karuna Recovery provides support for addiction treatment is a safe and caring environment. If you’ve tried living on your own, maybe it’s time to try ours. Our organization was founded by women who overcame addiction to enjoy lasting recovery and who are determined to help prevent relapse for you too.

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