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The Course Of Relapse

Restarting Recovery

There is a looming concern about relapse by recovering patients after rehabilitation. You can still stop using the drug or alcohol even after you have relapsed.

Regardless of how diligently a recovery is pursued or the type of commitment you have for lifelong sobriety the chances of a relapse prevailing at some point remain present.

Humiliation and embarrassment are the prevailing feelings among people who revert during treatment. You may have the feeling that you should be giving up the fight and carry on with your addiction rather than remaining obligated to work hard in order to overcome the fleeting desire to use drugs.


Up to 60% of patients trying to recover have a relapse at some point on the process.


On the contrary, you should be looking forward to using a relapse as a tool for learning and should clarify your relapse prevention plan and identify the triggers which are the cause of the relapse. A better plan to complete rehabilitation can be formulated when one search intensively for the main determinant of the regression.


The Determining Factors Of Relapse

Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. No fewer than 50 percent of recovering addicts experience a momentary lapse of reason and consume alcohol or drugs once again.

Knowing some of the danger points can help you prevent a relapse.

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Below are some red flags to note:

  • Staying Clean Is Not Your Priority
  • You are at an increased risk of a relapse if you do not have a firm commitment to lifelong sobriety.
  • Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
  • 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.
  • Lack Of Social Backing
  • The presence of a support system whether it is in the form of a reliable friend or your family makes or enhances your chances in recovering.
  • It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • Not Being Committed To Being Sober
  • Some patients were just talked out and forced to rehab without really having the clear intentions for themselves to get well.
  • The odds of regression is greater unless the decision to stop is by oneself.
  • Being Unprepared For Life Post Treatment
  • 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.
  • There are many factors that can affect you after you have recovered and you need to plan on how you will overcome them and stay sober for the rest of your life.
  • 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 Do I Do 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. There are several forms of therapy, which can be explored among the many treatment programs and include art and music therapy, yoga and relaxation techniques, physical fitness and even equine therapy.


You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. You need to evaluate if what happened was just a one-time temporary moment of weakness.

When you enter rehab after experiencing a relapse, stronger emphasis should be on helping you to smoothly transition back to real life. 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.


Get The Assistance You Require

You should take heart from the fact that help is readily available in case you have relapsed or think you might relapse. In order to abstain for a long time, a management plan individualized for you is what you should seek.