Do not do it alone, do not stock up, make sure the amount you use is small, and treat it as a one time act. Buy or obtain only enough for one hit or one drink. Having larger quantities available is an incentive for you to keep taking more as you get intoxicated. This can push you into an overdose. Make decisions about how to keep yourself safe before you choose to use again. Because, once you are high, your judgment is impaired, and you cannot keep yourself safe. Always make sure someone is around you who is not using.
Don’t mix drugs and alcohol if you choose to use again. Alcohol added to other drugs leads to overdose. People who take heroin, and at the same time also take tranquilizers, alcohol, and cocaine are at high risk for sudden death. Death by asphyxiation in one’s vomit is more common among people who mix alcohol with drugs. Alcohol is more likely to cause people to vomit while additional drugs make the intoxicated individual less able to stir themselves awake. Make sure your family or friends know:
- Never to try and guess the level of drunkenness.
- A person who has passed out may die.
- If there is any suspicion of alcohol overdose, call 9-1-1 for help.
You will regret choosing to use again. You can get your life on track quickly after a lapse, only if you are still alive to do so. If you suffer brain damage from an overdose of alcohol or drugs, you have limited all your future possibilities. Don’t pretend using isn’t a decision. If you choose to use, don’t use alone. Don’t buy in quantity. Do have people around you who know what to do in emergency. Do choose to stop using after a lapse.
Don’t allow one use to be the end of your life goals. If you choose to use again, as long as you keep yourself safe and treat it as a one-time event, you can choose to stop. Lapse is not a tipping point to total relapse unless you choose it to be so. Whether you call it a slip or a lapse, you are still in control and you can choose not to continue to use.
- Identify the things, events, emotional states, and location cues to use that were present before your lapse.
- Check your pre lapse stress level and determine what relaxation or stress reduction actions you can take if a similar situation arises.
- Check your anxiety or depression level.
- Check for negative emotions such as anger.
- Be honest with yourself and take action.
- Strengthen your support system.
- Loneliness and boredom can be ended through action or tolerated for periods of time.
- Keep exercising.
- Use relaxation and stress management.
- Talk to a supportive friend or family member.
- Keep working towards your important goals.