Following these 10 simple tips I have been in countless situations involving alcohol and drugs and have never relapsed in my eleven and a half year recovery.
1) Always have a couple of people’s phone numbers in recovery you can call if you feel triggered.
2) In a social situation, if you think you are going to pick up, leave.
3) In a work situation, if you feel you are going to pick up and cannot go home, leave the room for 5 minutes, make a phone call, pray, meditate or do some deep breathing exercises.
4) Carry a list with you of the worst things you did when you were drinking and using so you remind yourself how bad it could get if you relapsed.
5) If your job involves constant client entertainment where you are under pressure to drink alcohol switch to another role in the company where you don’t have to do this or find another job.
6) If your job involves regular contact with your drug of choice, consider changing your job.
7) Avoid social situations where you know you will see drugs, particularly your drug of choice. If someone brings out your drug of choice in a social situation, leave.
8) Explain to your partner/close friends/family members how bad your drinking/using was and how terrible it would be for everyone if you relapsed. Encourage one person not to drink at social events with you or if they accompany you to work events. Then you have a non-drinking buddy to hang out with.
9) If your partner/family members/friends are not there, there is often one other person who is not drinking because they are driving or on medication. Sit near them or hang out with them, if it’s a social setting, so you feel less isolated.
10) I was advised in rehab not to drink non-alcoholic beer or wine or soft drinks out of wine glasses. Both can trigger a craving and you can end up picking up the wrong bottle or glass that actually has alcohol in it.