Stress and anxiety are two major triggers for cravings of your addiction. Part of the recovery is learning how to manage stress and anxiety so that they do not derail your progress. It does not take a long time or much to happen to cause a craving. It could be something as small as a domestic argument, stress at work or financial pressures. Everyday issues aren’t necessarily big problems on their own but they accumulate and overwhelm you. This is when many people can tend to snap and fall back into old habits. However, if you take a nice deep breath and deal with one issue at a time they can be overcome one by one.
However when something really bad happens, it can deal a killer-blow. Maybe it’s a divorce, going through the deal of someone you love, or losing a job. Events like these are a big thing to deal with, and when addiction is involved tensions are even higher, whether you are in Alcohol rehab or in the following stages.
How does one keep a crisis from sabotaging a recovery.
Keep your Commitment
You made a commitment to stay sober, when you really, really want to drink you have to remind yourself of the commitment you made, drinking will only make matters much worse. In addition to what problem you may be dealing with now, the added pain of a relapse addiction is going to amplify your issues so don’t crumble! Even if you can’t do anything else – stay. Sober.
There’s no need for you to deal with trauma alone, you can call a therapist following drug rehab, find after out if your therapist keeps time in their schedule for emergencies, and what the procedure is), your sponsor if you are part of the AA (if you aren’t you should really join).You can also reach out to family members, you can tell them what you’re going dealing with.
If you go to meetings already, you should go to more if you need to. Talk to people about what’s going on, it may not seem like it but this has numerous benefits.
It gives you something to do, you shouldn’t be sitting around on your own thinking about your troubles, it’s just more likely to make you succumb to the cravings. If you have somewhere where you can talk to others you’re less likely to get stuck inside your own head. It also adds yet another layer of accountability. If you’re going to meetings every single day then they know to check on you if you don’t appear.
When something negative happens you may at first feel shocked, angry, sad betrayed or any number of complex difficult emotions. You need to allow yourself to experience and express your emotions rather than fighting with them, when something bad happens it’s natural to feel bad. Acceptance and experience your emotions is the first step towards resolution.