Relapse Warning Signs
Relapse Justifications
Community Resources
Triggers
Definitions
100

Telling lies, keeping secrets, making excuses

Dishonesty

100

Challenge this justification:"I can't relax without drinking/using."

- I can relax in other ways

- A relapse will actually lead to more stress/anxiety

100

A community fellowship that outlines a course of action for recovery and usually includes step work, sponsorship, and identifying a higher power.

Self-help, AA, NA, Al-Anon, SOS,

100

People Places and Things are examples of what kind of trigger

External Triggers

100

To fall back into a previous condition, especially after a partial recover from illness.

Relapse

200

Things are not happening fast enough, rushing things

Impatience 

200

Challenge this justification: "My family still doesn't trust me even though I'm sober, so I might as well start using/drinking again."

- Using/drinking will lead to even more distrust

- I have been dishonest in the past so I understand why it may be hard to trust me

- I should demonstrate my trustworthiness by not using/drinking

200

This local agency is available for those experiencing an emotional emergency by offering the following services: 24/7 hotline, mobile outreach, trauma response, advocacy, and community education and training.

Crisis Services

hotline: (716) 834-3131

*Crisis text line: 741741

200

What is an internal trigger?

An emotional state that you might experience before, during, or after substance use

200

Definition of Addiction?

Process that involves 1) compulsion to drink alcohol or use other drugs, 2) a loss of control over drinking alcohol or using drugs, and 3) continued drinking or drug use despite negative consequences

300

Taking on too much, being a "workaholic"

Exhaustion

300

Challenge this justification: "I had a bad day, I deserve to use/drink."

- Today was actually a good day but a "bad" thing happened

- A relapse will not make today better

- I can reward myself in other ways

300

This is a safe, benign, life saving medication use to reverse opiate overdose and is available without a prescription at most pharmacies.

Narcan (Naloxone)

300

What is an external trigger?

Events, places, things, or specific times that you associate with substance use

300

SMART goals are goals that are...

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Oriented

400

Thinking you've got everything under control, no longer fearing your addiction, feeling that you don't need to work on recovery anymore

Over-confidence

400

Challenge this justification: "I can use ______ because it's not my drug of choice."

- Drinking/using another substance may lead to a relapse on my drug of choice

- There are negative consequences to using any drug

400

This number can be called at anytime, 24/7, and offers information and education about addiction, referrals, assessments, peer and family support, outpatient linkage, and follow-up.

The Addiction Open Access Hotline

(716) 831-7007

400

What is a sensory trigger?

The senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch that remind you of drug use.

400

The goal of recovery is to...

Make your life better

500

Thinking everything is okay (positive or negative), "forgetting" about negative consequences, "giving in"

Complacency

500

Challenge this justification: " I am ____ months/years sober, therefore I do not need to go to treatment/self-help or reach out to sober supports anymore."

- Recovery is life long and ongoing

- Not practicing recovery may lead to a relapse

- Practicing my recovery makes me feel happy/health/proud/etc.

500

What other continuing programs does SOBA provide?

PHP w/housing 

IOP

mental health track

500

How do triggers lead to relapse?

Triggers lead to thoughts, thoughts lead to cravings, cravings lead to relapse.

500

Define coping skills

Set of skills that a patient uses in order to avoid and deal with triggers and cravings

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