Free Relapse Prevention Worksheets

14 relapse prevention workbooks from US Drug Rehab Centers

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Daily Life Stressors

Even though you are abstinent, you will still be faced with mundane problems or stressors that can trigger alcohol and drug use. An accumulation of unmanaged stressful events and negative feelings experienced day after day can encourage a person to return to drugs or alcohol just to get through the day (Beck, Wright, Newman, & Liese, 1993). Even positive changes, such as starting a new life through a new place to live, new work, and new relationships, result in stress and conflict that must be managed. Using rational coping responses is one way to decrease the impact of minor troublesome problems and occurrences, stressors of daily living or any event that triggers a sense of frustration, anger, anxiety, fatigue and loneliness. Your success depends on anticipating stressful situations and learning to manage them, while maintaining your stress resilience through exercise, sleep, diet, relaxation, and a sense of humor. Review your Personal Stress Inventory Worksheet regularly and make new worksheets to keep a current list of stressors and techniques to manage them.