Believe it or not, Summer is right around the corner! People are already firing up their grills and heading out to the river to fish! In outpatient around this time of year, clients report that numerous Spring/Summer activities they love are associated with using. They fear that Summer activities will lure them back into old behaviors and eventually back to using. We have some smart clients; they are already thinking ahead and anticipating triggers! Below are some triggers related to warmer weather:
1) the smell of the grill
2) cooking out with friends
4) being on a boat
What are some warm-weather triggers for you?
Now that you've identified those triggers, you can begin to plan! Of course, avoiding triggers is always the best way to avoid using, but that is not always possible. What are some other ways you can enjoy these activities without using? Some ideas that clients often give are to bring a safe friend or family member along, create an All Purpose Coping Plan (available upon request from this site!), think of all the consequences you could face if you use, create a list of all the reasons you love being sober, and make a notecard of coping skills to keep in your pocket or wallet. This is just a short list of ideas. Help everyone out that reads this blog and comment about what has helped you get out of a high risk situation without using!
Corey Campbell is a clinician/trainer with the Human Service Center of Peoria, IL. All thoughts on this blog are representative of only Corey and do not reflect the Human Service Center.