Strategies to Avoid Relapse
- 'Encourage client to identify tempting situations and develop a specific plan to handle them (e.g., write down three strategies and carry this list at all times).
- Reframe a lapse (slip) as a learning opportunity, not a failure.
Recommend that the client:
- Learn stress management and relaxation techniques;
- Learn to balance lifestyle so that pressures and triggers are not overwhelming.
Common Factors Associated with Relapse:
- Alcohol use
- Negative mood or depression
- Negative self-talk
- Other smokers in household
- Prolonged withdrawal symptoms
- Exposure to high-risk situations, such as social situations, arguments, and other sources of stress
- Dietary restriction
- Lack of cessation support
- Problems with pharmacotherapy, such as under-dosing, side effects, compliance or premature discontinuation
- Recreational drug abuse
Addiction and Mental Health
Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice
Point of Care Resources