The road to compete withdrawal from drugs is faced with many challenges and relapsing is one of it. There are a number of things which you can do to get back on the path of recovery if you have experienced a relapse.
Even if you are completely committed to stay drug-free and work tirelessly toward that goal, the risk of relapsing is real and can become a reality.
Feeling guilty after getting off track the recovery path is also common. Rather than the continuous struggle against dependence and the temptation to reuse, one may opt to cave in.
National Institute on Drug Abuse pegs relapse around 40% to 60% among recovering patients.
Think of your relapse as an opportunity to fine tune your prevention strategy and become more familiar with your triggers. By delving deeper into the root causes of the relapse you will be laying the foundation for a recovery which will ensure that you bounce back stronger than ever.
The Determining Factors Of Relapse
Just when the patient thinks that he is off the habit, he finds himself caught in the web of relapse. An estimated 50% of recovering patients experience this momentary vulnerability to old habits leading them to relapse.
Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.
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You can know if you are about to get off the track when
- Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
- Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
- You can stay sober only if you put a lot of hard work and you should be ready for that.
- Regular appointments with the counsellor and/or attendance to the 12-step sessions are few options that would keep you on track.
- Zero Support System
- Sustenance of reformation or regression to misuse can be determined by the strength of social assistance the recovered user has.
- Finding a positive helpline is very crucial to your success.
- Join support groups consisting of other recovering and fully-recovered addicts, participate in positive, healthy activities like meditation classes, and seek help and support from your loved ones.
- You Should Want To Quit For Yourselves
- Some patients were just talked out and forced to rehab without really having the clear intentions for themselves to get well.
- This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
- Not Being Prepared For Life Post Treatment
- It is important to have in place a relapse prevention plan for transitioning back to regular life after the treatment has been completed.
- Some factors can derail your plan to sobriety and these include unhealthy family environment, loneliness, unhealthy routine, and company of people who have an alcohol or drug problem.
- To stay sober, you need to recognize things than can trigger a relapse and create a plan to encounter them.
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What To Do After Relapsing
Unfortunately, you may find the need to get back into a strict treatment program if you have fallen back into a continued pattern of substance abuse.
Upon reaching a decision regarding the treatment you should provide deeper emphasis for the therapy and in particular, cognitive-behavioural therapy [CBT] which has proven successful in teaching recovering addicts new behavioural responses to distorted thinking. Many other therapies like meditation and yoga, fitness classes, and music and art therapy are there in many de-addiction facilities.
You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. You probably don't need to undergo rehab in case it was a one-off slip and you are hundred percent committed to not let it happen again.
When you enter rehab after experiencing a relapse, stronger emphasis should be on helping you to smoothly transition back to real life. You may learn that the best option to avoid a relapse is by entering a sober living environment for a few months where accountability and discipline can prove extremely helpful during the vulnerable initial few months post-treatment. It would also help if you have a plan or visual aids to remind you of your mission after leaving the treatment centre.
Reach Out For Help That You Need
There is always assistance for a person that is trying to stop the addiction to alcohol and even the people that are coming from rehab can be assisted to adjust to the new life. Join a de-addiction program that can help you live a sober life.