Relapse Prevention Tip: Avoid Boredom

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Relapse prevention consists of a number of strategies for clients to engage in to maintain strong and stable recoveries. It’s important for clients to avoid triggers for substance use as they are detrimental to recovery and can have negative impacts on clients that may not be seen right away but can lead to eventual relapses. One of the major triggers for relapse is boredom. Friends and family can help someone in recovery avoid boredom.  Learn how to stave off boredom to strengthen your recovery and enrich your life!

Relapse Prevention Strategies

Individuals in recovery learn relapse prevention strategies that allow them to work on avoiding relapse and strengthen their recovery processes.  These strategies can be extremely helpful when someone leaves rehab and is back in a “normal” environment. Relapse prevention strategies are specific, personalized plans detailing how a client will avoid all of their personal triggers. Personal triggers can be specific influencers for use or specific places one would frequent to abuse drugs or alcohol, et al.

There are some general triggers that affect almost all clients of recovery. The two major triggers for substance abuse are universal – stress and boredom. These two factors have such a major impact on clients that substance abuse and addiction programs offer time for leisure, time for relaxation, time for recreation and stress management as important aspects of the overall treatment experience. Individuals discuss how they will keep themselves entertained following treatment in order to beat boredom, stay interested in life and develop healthy interests. This also allows clients to find like-minded people with similar healthy interests.

Relapse prevention strategies outlining how to avoid stress, boredom and personal triggers can be very effective for clients. These strategies are meant to be utilized daily and they’re also most effective when updated regularly for the utmost relevance.

Relapse Prevention: Avoiding Boredom

There are so many ways to avoid boredom, but it can be hard to think of things to do when you’re in a high risk environment. Here are some ideas to start.

  • Spend less time randomly perusing your social media and the Internet. Bombarding yourself with too much information and visual stimulation can lead you to only become more bored.
  • Get outside and go for a walk. There’s much more to see outside than when you’re sitting at home.
  • Look into sports or hobbies you’ve never had the chance to try. Instead of feeling bored, take advantage of your free time.
  • Practice mindfulness through meditation. Becoming more aware of each moment and the things you see and do makes every moment much more rich and meaningful.
  • Call a friend on the phone or on Skype.
  • Find an organization to volunteer with – not only will this help keep you busy, but it will also give you a sense of purpose and responsibility to others.  It can be as simple as volunteering at your local animal shelter to walk or play with the animals that are there!