Nov. 14, 2020 – Avoid tempting scenarios. We’ve often heard people share that they wanted to prove to others or themselves that they could be around substances and not use them – which is a dangerous trap. While you may be able to prevent temptation at that moment, this may not always be the case, especially if you’re early in recovery. If possible, back off from any situations that may place you in the way of temptation. You can simply avoid going places and events where there will be substance abuse or where there will be reminders of times you used that substance. Develop a positive support network. Addiction social circles are typically made of “using buddies” with supportive friends and family being distant outliers. When faced with fears, it’s always better to surround yourself with supportive people who are supportive of your addiction-free lifestyle and do not engage in substance use.
For this reason, it’s crucial to be surrounded by people who will be able to support you in your times of need. Cut off relationships and ties with unhealthy groups and people. If necessary, delete their numbers or block them from social network sites and focus your attention on creating a new and healthier backing group.