In much the same way coping mechanisms help a person deal with events that may have previously been triggering and led to substance use, conflict management is vital in avoiding certain stressors. While avoiding these stressors may be beneficial in the early stages, long-term avoidance suggests a lack of growth and inability to manage these events. This is problematic for anyone ever placed in a triggering situation that they are unable to avoid.
In these cases, it is best to learn how to deal with conflict in healthy ways. Methods of conflict resolution include emotional regulation, understanding the feelings of others, and mindful meditation.
The better an individual learns how to deal with conflict in a healthy way, the more likely they are to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. Relapse often occurs when a sober individual is placed in a situation or experiences feelings that they are unprepared to deal with or manage in healthy ways, so they turn to substance abuse as a result. The more coping strategies a person learns and the better they become at conflict management, the less likely relapse is to occur.