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Relapse Drift and Recovery Anchors

Anchors & the Dangerous Waters of Recovery

No ocean exists without dangerous waters. In recovery, dangerous waters are those things that pull you toward use. We have also referred to these as relapse triggers. List the things that threaten to pull you off of your anchors and begin the drift toward relapse.

Dangerous Waters 1. 2. 3. 4.

Sex, Drug, or Both

Date

Date

Date

Date

Now that

looked at your most recent relapse or craving, and

examined a time when you tried to stop but weren t able to, some ways to prevent the drift toward relapse from occurring.

examine

How It Happens

As we have discussed, relapse seldom happens without warning. Gradual movement toward relapse can be so subtle and easily explained away (or denied) that it feels like it happened suddenly. This slow movement away from sobriety and toward relapse can be compared to a ship gradually drifting away from its anchor and away from its dock. The drifting movement can be so slow that you don't even notice it.

Interrupting the Process

Everyone needs behaviors and coping skills to help stay anchored to recovery. These "anchors" need to be clearly stated and listed in a very specific way so that they are clear and measurable. These behaviors anchor the recovery in place and prevent the relapse drift from sneaking up on you. Anchors can take two different shapes:

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