How Social Media Can Trigger A Drug Abuse Relapse

How Social Media Can Trigger A Drug Abuse Relapse

Aug 22, 2018 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Social media was created to bring people together, to share our stories and news with those we love and care for. But social media can be tricky for those who are going through drug addiction treatment. A study by the American Psychiatric Association found that 90% of those seeking addiction treatment use social media but the majority find material on these platforms can trigger them to use again. Read our advice on how to engage with social media when attending drug rehab. 

Only Check Your Feed on Good Days

Checking your Facebook or Instagram feed when your feeling down can make you feel worse. Viewing photos of nights out and parties may make you feel isolated if you are trying to avoid temptation. Do yourself a favour and avoid checking social media until you are in a better place.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

It is natural to compare ourselves to others on social media. But before you start thinking the grass is greener, remember that social media posts rarely reflect the whole reality. A brief post or photo isn’t a full representation of other people’s lives. No one is leading the perfect life or ‘has it all’. So be kind to yourself and remember how far you have come.
If you are tempted or think you are close to a relapse, talk to one of our trained advisors at our private drug rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth. 

Unfollow Toxic Friends

Hopefully you have plenty of people in your social network who support you in your recovery. If you follow a person whose posts are tempting you to use again, remove them from your follow list. If this feels too severe, Facebook and Instagram offer options to ‘hide’ or ‘snooze’ an individual’s posts from your feed temporarily. 

Track and Share Your Recovery Success

If you feel comfortable, social media can be an excellent platform to share your success with others. This will reassure concerned friends that you are doing well. Your story may inspire others to seek drug addiction treatment or a drug detox programme themselves. Social media can also help you find groups of others who are enduring the same experience. 

If you would like more information about our private rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth, please speak to one of our trained counsellors on 0800 955 09 45 who are happy to answer your questions.  

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The Providence Projects has been successfully delivering alcohol and drug rehab for over 20 years. The highly skilled counselling team and a proven and innovative treatment programme combine to ensure that all of our clients have the best possible chance of recovery.

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Steve Spiegel and Dr Turnbull agreed a mission when opening The Providence Projects in 1996 and our mission has remained the same; to provide effective and affordable addiction treatment in order to help men, women and families begin the process of recovery.

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