Utah Tobacco Cessation Resource Directory- Relapse Prevention

Preventing and Overcoming Relapse

Slipping, or relapse, is common. Most people will make 2-5 serious attempts to quit before he/she remains tobacco-free. Therefore, knowing what likely may cause one to slip as well as the process for overcoming those triggers is essential to tobacco cessation success.

Common Causes of Slips

blue box Social Celebrations blue box Withdrawal Symptoms
blue box Alcohol Consumption blue box Weight Gain
blue box Lack of Quit Plan blue box Nicotine Dependency
blue box Social Pressure blue box Self Pity/Mourning
blue box Negative Emotional State blue box Expectation of Failure
blue box Inadequate Motivation to Quit blue box Craving for Tobacco
blue box Stressful Events- Real or anticipated blue box Habit Triggers- (phone calls, coffee)

How to Conquer Slips

Oftentimes, you can prevent slips by planning ahead. Doing so markedly increases your odds of staying quit. A few ideas about slips:

blue box Write a list of people, places, things and situations that may cause you to  slip.

blue box For each cause, list two new ways you will prevent yourself from slipping.

blue box If you slip, don't give up - - try a new way to deal with the cause of your slip.

blue box Give yourself credit for wanting to quit. Don't focus on the slips.

blue box Seek help from family, friends, co-workers, and professional organizations.

blue box Look at slips as an opportunity to change the response to your addiction. 

blue box Rewards include:

  • Self-esteem
  • Self control
  • You accomplished something not everyone else would be able to
  • Many health benefits.

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