10 Most Common Triggers of Substance Abuse Relapse

•Withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, nausea, physical weakness)
•Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, irritability, mood swings, poor sleep)
•Poor self-care (stress management, eating, sleeping)
•People (old using friends)
•Places (where you used or where you used to buy drugs)
•Things (that were part of your using, or that remind you of using)
•Uncomfortable emotions (H.A.L.T.: hungry, angry, lonely, tired)
•Relationships and sex (can be stressful if anything goes wrong)
•Isolation (gives you too much time to be with your own thoughts)
•Pride and overconfidence (thinking you don't have a drug or alcohol problem, or that it is behind you)

Emotional Relapse

In emotional relapse, you're not thinking about using. But your emotions and behaviors are setting you up for a possible relapse in the future.

The signs of emotional relapse are:
•Mood swings
•Not asking for help
•Not going to meetings, program, therapy, etc.
•Poor eating habits
•Poor sleep habits