Don’t Return to Alcoholism in South Florida: 5 Alcohol Relapse Prevention Tips

Last Updated: Dec 31st 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Don’t Return to Alcoholism in South Florida: 5 Alcohol Relapse Prevention Tips

After going through rehab, you still run the risk of alcohol relapse. South Florida has many things that may trigger you into drinking again, but there are a number of things you can do to keep from giving in again:

1. Talk to (Certain) People

Although addiction and substance abuse can be especially difficult to talk about, discussing the situation with certain people in your life can go a long way in helping you stay away from relapse.

Specifically, you should talk to your boss about your disease and the addiction treatment in South Florida you’re going through. This can yield a few benefits, including potentially reducing your stress levels as well as helping you receive flexibility in your work schedule to ensure you continue with your path to sobriety.

2. Stay Away from Risky Locations

It could probably go without saying, but going to a bar after you have broken free from the vice grip of alcoholism is a bad idea. However, heading to bars and nightclubs are not the only kind of places that you should avoid to prevent alcohol relapse in South Florida. Other kinds of places that leave you at risk of relapse include a variety of very specific locations. For example, you will in general be okay with going to most restaurants, however, if you go to one that you have a history with that includes alcohol in your memories, that specific restaurant should be off limits to you. Other places you should avoid in this same vein are certain friends’ houses, liquor stores, certain convenience stores, and more.

3. Find New Friends

For obvious reasons, this is a painful, difficult part of rehab and aftercare. The thing is, though, that spending time with people who continue to drink or who you have a history of drinking with make relapsing back into alcoholism pretty much assured. The influence that some of your old friends can have over you is dangerous, especially if they are the type of people in South Florida who think alcoholism and rehab are no more than a joke. If you though peer pressure was difficult when you were young, this kind of urging from a longtime friend to have a drink when you’ve been dry for months will make that youthful peer pressure feel like nothing at all.

Anyway, if you have the kind of people in your life that don’t take your disease or your path to sobriety seriously, South Florida has literally millions of great people for you to befriend.

4. Stick to Your Prescriptions

When it comes to preventing relapse and medications, most people think that only the meds that stand in as a substance replacement will have an impact. That’s simply not true. With the prevalence of dual diagnosis in South Florida as well as mental illnesses linked to substance abuse and addiction, antidepressants, if prescribed to you, will play a huge role in helping keep you away from alcohol. Keep up with any and all medications you have prescribed to you, whether or not they’re directly related to your alcoholism.

5. Rehab After Rehab

After completing alcohol detox and an inpatient or outpatient rehab program in South Florida, you’re not done with your alcoholism. Substance addiction treatment is a lifelong process. Years of sobriety will make dealing with the addiction easier, but most ex-addicts to drugs and alcohol note that they have some kind of occasional cravings even decades after rehab.

Keep up with your recommended aftercare program, keep your scheduled therapy meetings, and follow the alcohol relapse prevention tips discussed here and you will greatly increase your chances at permanently staying away from alcoholism.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.