Coping Skills
Relationships & Relapse
Relapse Prevention

The challenges of day-to-day living, anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events. 

What are life stressors?


A state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.

What is stress? 

Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives.


Network of family, friends, colleagues, and other acquaintances you can turn to, whether in times of crisis or simply for fun and entertainment. 

What is Social/Peer Support?


3-pound bundle of nerves that controls every thought and feeling in the human experience. 

What is the Brain?


The time your body uses to renew and repair itself, the pituitary gland releases a pulse of growth hormone that stimulates tissue growth and muscle repair. 

What is deep sleep?

The subjective desire to experience an addictive substance.

What is a craving?


Making a conscious effort to stay in reality and avoid being tricked into thinking that the feeling that you need to use drugs is not a real need. 

What is staying in the moment/staying grounded?


Active listening, nonverbal communication, respect, clarity, empathy, feedback, eye contact, and remaining calm. 

What are communication skills? 


Stress, feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, frustration or depression, social pressure to use, interpersonal conflicts. 

What causes relapse?


A list of healthy people who are in recovery that you can call for support.

What is an emergency contact list?


Activities and places that have many cues or social pressures to use drugs or alcohol.

What are high-risk situations for relapse?


The process of stepping back and creating a healthy space between your thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

The more you understand who you really are, the more likely you are to make choices that are right for you, and the more likely you will have the power of self-control in your life.


What is self-awareness?


It helps you to say "No" effectively and tactfully and communicate and enforce your boundaries.

What is assertive communication?


Intense dread or fear of real or imagined danger, increased heart rate, sweating, trembling weakness, and stomach or intestinal discomfort. 

What is anxiety?


A commitment of time, energy, physical exertion, concentration, practice, and tolerance of physical discomfort, particularly in the beginning.

What is exercise?


The way we interpret events, when we decide to describe most life events in very negative terms, negative thoughts cause negative emotions leading to unhappiness and potentially a return to use.

What is distorted thinking?


When the number of daily positive activities and events in your life equals or exceeds the number of negative events. 

What is a lifestyle balance?


Help you define what you are comfortable with and how you would like to be treated by others.

What are boundaries?


The most powerful influence in your life when it comes to choice about drugs and alcohol.

What is People? The people you believe in, your role models, people who have power in your life, people you spend time with, and people you admire. 


State of readiness or eagerness to change. It can be high or low at different times and in different situations. 

What is motivation?


External triggers and things that remind you of past drug use.

What are people, places and things?


Your recovery time, particularly during the first weeks, needs to be about this.

What is self-care?


Create mutual trust/love/respect, balance between give & take, allows you to recognize and meet your needs, promotes tolerance and appreciation of differences, encourages expression of feelings, allows working through conflicts and disagreements, supports sharing positive and negative emotions, supports sobriety.

What are healthy recovery relationships?


To get pleasure and to share in the excitement and activity of using with other people. To improve how you feel, To change your perceptions and physical sensations, to change how you perform or act, to relieve boredom,

What are the positive reasons for substance use?


A person's standards of behavior, one's judgment of what is important in life. Meeting your individual commitments as well as doing what the law obliges you to do. 

What is a value?

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