I don't want to relapse
im struggling right now, im not really sure what to do I’ve been wanting to relapse after over a year old being clean
Welcome to Ask Alex, thank you for getting in touch with us.
We are sorry to hear that you are struggling, with the urge to relapse. It is such a massive achievement that you have been clean for one year. You should be really proud of yourself.
There are some steps you can take to help manage the urge to use and stay on the path of recovery. First and foremost, it’s important to reach out for help. Talk to a trusted friend or family member, a counsellor, or a support group. These resources can provide you with the tools and support you need to overcome your addiction and manage the urge to reuse.
It is also important to identity triggers that may be contributing to the urge to use again. Triggers can be anything from stress or anxiety to certain places or people. By identifying these triggers, you can develop strategies to avoid them or manage them in a healthy way. It would also be useful to think about what has helped you in the last year.
Another helpful strategy is to practise self-care. This can include activities like exercise, meditation or hobbies that bring you joy and help you manage stress. It is important to prioritize your own mental health and emotional well-being as you work towards and stay on the path of recovery.
Remember that recovery is a journey, and there may be setbacks along the way. With the right support and strategies in place, you can overcome the urge to relapse and continue on the path towards a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.
Here at Childline, there is a team of people ready to listen to you whenever you are ready to share your thoughts and feelings. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact us via phone on 1800 66 66 66, or through our webchat at www.childline.ie. This article on our website talks about how to stay away from substances and gives some other websites which you may find helpful: www.childline.ie/drugs-alcohol-and-smoking/ .
It showed great courage contacting us and I hope that this response has been helpful to you to continue to remain clean.
Best of luck, hope to talk to you soon.