By avoiding the following five most dangerous places for a person in recovery, a person will have a stronger chance at remaining sober.
Bars and Clubs
One of the most dangerous places for a recovering addict, especially one in early recovery, is the place in which drugs and alcohol prevail. Therefore, bars and clubs are some of the worst locations for a recovering addict to visit because they are full of alcohol, and drugs. Not only do these locations physically have the substances, the substances also typically are the main reason people go to these places. Not many people visit bars and clubs for sober fun. Therefore, recovering addicts should instead find other locations in which to have sober fun.
Similar to bars and clubs, large parties where drinking and drugs are the focus, such as a rave or fraternity party, should be avoided. However, for some recovering addicts, even a small dinner party or gathering of friends might be dangerous. Many addicts feel stressed in certain social situations, including parties. If a person is used to relying upon drugs or alcohol in order to get through a social situation, then attending one sober will be difficult and might trigger a relapse. If the party serves alcohol, then it might be even harder for a recovering addict to remain sober. Additionally, if an addict still feels ashamed of his or her problem, then he or she will feel even worse about not consuming alcohol or drugs while at the party.
For some people, old hangouts may be bars and clubs, and therefore already covered. However, for many drug addicts and alcoholics, there are other places where the substances were consumed. This could be a friend's apartment, a park, the street, or other locations. Going back to these locations will trigger memories that will increase cravings and the temptation to use. In addition to the old hangouts, also be careful about spending time with the friends with whom he or she used.
Family gatherings may not be dangerous for all recovering addicts to attend. Many addicts have a strong support network that includes their families. However, for many people, families can be a place of strife, strong emotions, and other problems that lead a person to drink or use drugs, and might have contributed to the problem in the first place. During early recovery, it is important to rebuild damaged relationships; however, a person should avoid situations that will tempt him or her to relapse. For some people, smaller family gatherings may be safe, but large holiday gatherings might be too much. If family gatherings will only contribute to stress, then they should be avoided until an addict is strong enough to deal with the emotional stress.
Being alone can be a dangerous location, regardless of the physical location of a person. In order to remain sober and overcome addiction, a person needs to have a strong support system in place. This might include friends, family, support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, a therapist, and other loved ones. Loneliness is one of the most dangerous emotional contributing to a relapse. Therefore, it is important to never feel alone, even if a person is physically alone. By building up a strong support network, a person will never feel as though he or she is really alone. They will know that someone is just a phone call away.