5 thoughts on “5 Didn’t-See-It-Coming Relapse Triggers (and How to Avoid Them)

  • February 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I don’t really believe in avoiding triggers, although obviously this may be essential in the very early days. Instead I teach my clients to change their thinking so that there are no more ‘triggers’. Although this is great advice for the early days.

    Beth Burgess
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  • June 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Is it possible for long term couples to stay together through recovery without a relapse? both my boyfriend and I want to continue our relationship, three years strong, but he was told by his rehab center to take a year off from dating. He wants to stay together but feels pressured to end it. We have lived together for years, and as much as I don’t want to end things, I want to do the right thing.

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    • June 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      The rehab center was talking about a traditional 12-step group concept to not start any new relationships during the first year of recovery. This does not apply to long-term couples and in fact ending a 3-year relationship isn’t necessarily a good move in early sobriety. No big changes is usually the way it is described. I strongly suggest you attend Al-Anon or another support group for loved ones of the person who is addicted – this can help you understand what he is going through and give you the support you will need.

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  • March 17, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I thought this was really well writen and the information is very clear and I find accurate. Thank you for posting it.

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  • June 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Yes my experience has been relapsing 3times with 2years clean and sober when a relationship ended , chalking it up to my complete inability to deal with my emotions in a healthy manner..I may have first tried to numb myself with sex then guilt and shame followed and I ended up loaded..have gone thru a breakup clean and sober now after having done another set of steps and reaching a point where I knew whatever came my way I d be ok..if god brought me to it he will also get me thru it! B

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