Alcohol treatment centers tend to promote similar principles of recover. The first rule is that an addiction is not stopped by stopping using alcohol. Most alcohol treatment centers advocate creating a new life so that you will not be tempted to use again through your lifestyle.
You do not have have chang everything in your life but staff at most alcohol treatment rehab centers will recommend that you try to practice the HALT RULE. The HALT rule is all about avoiding the situations that are likely to most tempt you to imbibe.
The acronym HALT stands for “never get Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.”
If at the end of the day you feel like using alcohol it might be because you were too busy to eat well all day, that you have had a tough day at work or that you feel lonely without your old drinking buddies around to entertain you. Studies at alcohol rehab treatment centers have shown that most cravings for alcohol tend to occur around the end of the day.
You should also avoid high risk people. These are people that you have used with or who are tempting you to use. This group also includes people with whom you have conflicts who quite simply stress you out so much that you feel you have to drink.
Likewise you should avoid places where you have used drugs or alcohol and things that remind you of your alcohol use. Some alcoholics just cannot believe that they have quit and will deliberately seek out these triggers to test their willpower. This is not recommended if you really want to quit.
Some alcohol treatment centers will recommend that you make a list of the situations and people that might cause you to relapse and then after you are released try to avoid these people and situations like the plague!