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The Process Of Relapsing

Getting Back On Track To Recovery

A relapse is a stage which is a part during the recovery process. You can restart your journey of living drug-free in case you have relapsed.

Falling off track when trying to stop the use of drugs is a normal occurrence that many people face.

Indignity and remorse among patients often follow relapse. The patient may feel defeated in his or her ordeal with recovery and decides to give in to the urge.


Data suggests that nearly 50 percent of recently-recovered drug addicts relapse.


Think of your relapse as an opportunity to fine tune your prevention strategy and become more familiar with your triggers. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


Why Did The Relapse Happen

It is rather unfortunate, but it is a common occurrence among people who are on the path of recovery to relapse after a period of sobriety. Approximately 50% of all recovering addicts experience moments of weakness that take them back again and make them pick up drugs or alcohol all over again.

You can prevent relapse if you are aware of the warning signs.

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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.
  • It takes courage and dedication to actually get over an addiction.
  • This can include attending the 12-step program, having a committed sponsor and getting the necessary therapy or counselling for possible co-occurring mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
  • Not Being In An Addiction Group
  • Associating with the right group of people is the best way of avoiding to get back to the use of alcohol.
  • The importance of a solid support system for a recovering addict cannot be stated enough.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • Not Wanting To Quit For Yourselves
  • Sometimes a person doesn't want to get sober but they may still be in the facility and attending the different addiction programs.
  • The risks of a relapse increase significantly unless the individual truly wants to quit for themselves.
  • Not Being Prepared For Life Post Treatment
  • It always helps to have a plan or a roadmap on how to go about daily when you will have left rehab and make the transition.
  • 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.
  • You can keep up being sober if you identify these tempting factors.

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I Relapsed So Now What

A meticulous management plan is necessitated when there is regression to recurrent drug misuse.

This time around, you are a bit familiar about the treatment program especially when it comes to the focus that you require in order to avoid falling into the same pattern again. Many other therapies like meditation and yoga, fitness classes, and music and art therapy are there in many de-addiction facilities.


It is important to know if you need to go back to inpatient care in cases where you slipped. Sometimes you don't have to check back to a rehab if you had gone back to using alcohol.

Your focus should be on the transitioning back to regular life from the very moment you enter a treatment centre after a relapse. One effective way of increasing your odds in recovering fully and avoid relapse is checking in a sober living home. You should also continue taking therapy at an outpatient facility after completing rehab.


Reach Out For Help That You Need

If you have already been through the treatment and are struggling with the potential or the reality of a relapse, help is certainly available. You should get yourselves enrolled in a treatment program that suits your requirements the best and one which can help you reach sustained sobriety.