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The Way Forward After Relapse

Returning To The Withdrawal Process

The road to compete withdrawal from drugs is faced with many challenges and relapsing is one of it. Relapse could happen, but you can treat it as a setback rather than a failure.

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. The patient may feel defeated in his or her ordeal with recovery and decides to give in to the urge.


National Institute on Drug Abuse pegs relapse around 40% to 60% among recovering patients.


Familiarization with possible conditions that bring about regression and drawing out an avoidance strategy are some of the ways you can turn regression to your advantage. A better plan to complete rehabilitation can be formulated when one search intensively for the main determinant of the regression.


What Are The Reasons For Relapse

Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. 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.

Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.

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The following signs can indicate a relapse is just round the corner:

  • Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
  • You are more likely to experience a relapse when your commitment is less than hundred percent.
  • In order to succeed you must be prepared to put in the hard work that is required to stay sober.
  • You must attend each and every session of personal or group therapy or support group meetings, besides taking professional help for any psychological conditions, like depression.
  • There's No Support System
  • Sustenance of reformation or regression to misuse can be determined by the strength of social assistance the recovered user has.
  • It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
  • You can engage in different activities and hobbies and even seek the guidance of your close relatives and friends as you try to recover.
  • 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 Having A Plan After Being Sober
  • One needs to know how they plan on carrying on with their life after they have recovered so that they are not tempted to get back to alcohol.
  • Sabotaging sobriety is not difficult, but it is crucial to understand that matters like dysfunctional family dynamics, toxic friendship, social isolation and unhealthy daily routines can all affect the sobriety of an individual.
  • If you intend to protect your newfound sobriety, you must be in a position clearly to identify the triggers which can cause a relapse.

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The Actions To Take After Relapse

On the other hand, you must go back to rehab if you are taking drugs regularly.

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. Artistry and songs can be used in treatment, resting techniques; exercises and horse psychotherapy are among the additional treatments.


Deciding whether redoing rehabilitation is the initial part. 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. The first month after you have recovered, you need to be keeping the best company and maybe change the environment you are living in. It would prove to be a great advantage if you are prepared with an outpatient plan for continued therapy even after you have left the chosen treatment plan.


Acquire The Help You Desire

You should take heart from the fact that help is readily available in case you have relapsed or think you might relapse. There are different support groups and rehab facilities offering different approaches of being sober and you can check in with one that fits you perfectly.