Relapse Prevention Plan

Relapse Prevention Plan

Please complete your relapse prevention plan.

In order to experience success in life we must plan for success. One of the best ways to make sure that your plan is foolproof is to make sure that your plan takes into account the “worst case scenario.” Essentially, you should plan for the worst and strive for the best! Below are several categories that good planners take into account so that they are prepared for whatever life may throw at them. These categories are: Triggers, Preventers, Motivators, and Preventative Maintenance.


Triggers are your worst case scenario! These are the things that steal your power because many times when facing our triggers we lose control and give in to the temptation to use. Using has been our main coping mechanism for so long that it has become our first line of defense, but it doesn’t fix our problems. It ultimately adds to the chaos!


Your preventers are the actions that you take to keep from giving in to your triggers. They can be various types of coping mechanisms, healthy habits, behavioral changes, or other preventive actions that you can take that will eliminate the thought of using before it grows into more than a thought.


We can have all of the knowledge in the world about how to cope with our problems, but without the proper motivation/inspiration we may never act on our plan to prevent relapse. So, motivators are essential to our plan. These are the things that inspire us get sober, and stay that way. Some examples could be self health, self wealth, self betterment, family, school, work, etc. These are the things that we think about before we throw it all away, and they motivate us to persevere, and act on our planned preventers.

Preventative Maintenance

The preventive maintenance section of your relapse prevention plan is basically the summary of your plan. Things that you do every day in hopes that you don’t have to face any of your triggers. Preventive maintenance can be changing your habits, medication maintenance, and other things that keep you from falling back into a lifestyle of using drugs and/or alcohol to cope with your problems.

Acknowledgement of Relapse Prevention:

I will use the tools laid out in my relapse prevention plan to maintain my sobriety, and to fulfill all of my treatment goals at Core Addiction Care. I will use this opportunity to develop healthy habits that allow me to cope without getting high, and I will be open and honest with the clinical staff at Core if relapse were to occur. I know that they are here to help me, but I must also want to help myself.