Relapse may occur as a consequence of some circumstance such as financial crisis, social influences, and marital issues or other losses or conflicts. Preventing addiction relapse or drug abuse relapse is possible with effort and support. Staying sober is the key to a happy and complete life.

Inability to face hard situations

Avoid places and situation that may trigger a desire for alcohol or drugs and can cause a relapse. Do not keep company with substance abusers. Avoiding visiting clubs or places where you may get an easy access to drugs. It is good to assure yourself that you can avoid a relapse even with access to addictive substances, but it is always preferable to avoid such situations. Early stages of recovery require more caution. Avoid situations that can cause anxiety and lead you towards relapse.

Organized Living

Structured lifestyle is synonymous to a healthy lifestyle. It is advisable for patients of addiction recovery to develop schedules for their routine chores. Schedules will help in keeping track of all the important tasks at hands, including treatments, professional responsibilities, and leisure. An organized lifestyle is more effective and provides you with a sense of freedom and purpose that can help you stay motivated and avoid any negative effects of disorganized lifestyle.

Support System

The atmosphere that surrounds and the company one keeps, are the two major factors in developing one’s habits as well constructing a dependable and reliable support system. Patients recovering from addiction should have healthy and positive relationships with their family and friends that can in turn become their network for assistance in developing avoidance and preventing addiction relapse. Socially being active can act as a barrier against anxiety and depression that ultimately lead towards addiction.


Developing a positive attitude towards life is very important in avoiding relapse. Live in the present and avoid dwelling in the past to get rid of the memories and incidents that provoke a relapse. You succeed when you try, remember this. Keeping clean and sober will always be easier when you have confidence in yourself.


Complete the prescribed treatments and be patient. It always takes time to fully overcome any temptation that may cause an addiction relapse. Getting satisfied with early progress and dwindling away from further efforts is dangerous.


K. Mitchell Naficy, M.D., FAAFP

Dr. Naficy is a Board Certified specialist of Family Medicine at, whose style of patient care involves caring for the person as a whole, rather than just treating a particular symptom or illness.  His credentials include a Bachelors degree in Microbiology from Rutgers University followed by obtaining his medical Doctorate in Puerto Rico.  Dr. Naficy completed an internship in 1990 at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles and then 3 years of residency at UCI Medical Center in Irvine, CA.

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