What is a high-risk situation in relation to urges?
A high-risk situation can make it difficult to say no to drug use. For example, if you have a drug in front of you, it can trigger an urge to use. High-risk situations mean you are likely to use drugs, so it's essential to identify the risk and find ways to avoid these situations if you want to reduce or avoid drugs.
You're never alone when preparing for or navigating high-risk situations. We know that these scenarios happen, and we'll help you proactively develop a response that works for you.
How to Identify High-Risk Situations
A high-risk situation is a scenario that will likely lead to drug use. Often it involves a setting that you associate with drug use, like visiting a buddy who has given you drugs in the past. High-risk situations can be social, environmental, or emotional.
It’s important to note where and how these situations take place because the simplest way to maintain a healthy relationship with drugs.
However, sometimes a high-risk situation occurs without warning. Your old friend might show up at your house, for example. You might even meet someone new who offers you drugs. It's better to prepare for these scenarios than to assume you'll never be in a high-risk situation.
How to Avoid a High-Risk Situation
Developing a strategy when it comes to high-risk situations is the key, and that starts with understanding what scenarios put you at risk. If you cannot avoid a high-risk situation, the best thing you can do is escape it. Make a pact with yourself that you will walk away when facing one or reach out for help to avoid drug use like calling a friend.
You don't have to think about this by yourself. In fact, discussing your risk factors with someone -- like your Confidant team