Hurricanes. Fires. Shootings. The headlines are filled with tragedies.
No one wants to get caught up in an emergency situation or tragedy, but good people sometimes go through bad things or are exposed to unexpected crisis situations.
Some situations are national calamities, but a crisis can result from any difficult situation or loss. And people in recovery are especially vulnerable in times of trouble.
That’s why it is important to be vigilant about self-care and the best way to start
is to have a recovery disaster preparedness plan in place for relapse prevention.
“Tragedies hit people in recovery harder than others,”\
One of the reasons for this is that
recovery makes people very open and empathic and they pick up easily on the pain of others and it can trigger their own trauma. “
Preparing ahead of time to deal with horrible news can keep you balanced when it feels like the world is falling apart,”
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What comes first to mind, where do you want to start?
What crisis were you faced with when you were new in program?
What part of program helped?
Have you ever relapsed? Was this a crisis? What helped?
What other crisis have you dealt with
Are you dealing with a crisis today?
Here are some ways to put relapse prevention in place and protect your emotional health.
1. Breathe and relax.
2. Have sober support.
3. Allow for emotional help.
4. Practice processing difficult emotions.
5. Have healthy distractions.
Is self inflicted crisis different than one that is caused by external forces?
Do you know somebody outside of program dealing with difficult situations?
How are they dealing with it?
Is it any different?
How has our disease affected the way you react to crisis?
How has the program helped?
What part of the program helps?
What would you say to the new guy who about crisis?