Relapse Prevention

Anticipating and Preventing Relapse

What Is Emotional Buildup?
Feelings that don’t seem to go away and just keep getting
stronger cause emotional buildup. Sometimes the feelings seem
unbearable. Some feelings that can build are boredom, anxiety,
sexual frustration, irritability, and depression.

Have you experienced a buildup of any of these emotions?

The important step is to take action as soon as you recognize the danger signs.

Which actions might help you prevent relapse?

Consider the actions below the may help prevent relapse:

Calling a counselor
Calling a friend
Taking a day off
Talking to your family
Going to a 12-Step or outside
mutual-help support meeting

-Katie McGrath, M.S.

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