June 29, 2018

How to Recover from a Relapse

The road to recovery can be long, and it’s not without roadblocks. Despite your best efforts, it can seem like an impossible journey to go from addiction to sobriety. If you relapse during your journey, you’re not alone.

Relapse happens, but it doesn’t mean you’ve failed.

In fact, relapse is common for those recovering from addiction and is a normal part of the process. If you’ve relapsed, you can still get back onto the road to recovery.

Know the Causes for Relapse

Why do people relapse?

Relapse occurs long before an individual starts using again; it’s a process that is equal parts emotional, mental, and physical. Triggers such as stress, loneliness, and feelings of worthlessness that a substance may have provided relief from in the first place are common causes for relapse. However, less obvious causes including entering new relationships, getting into school, getting a new job, and even going on vacation can trigger a relapse. Often, people will slip simply because they don’t have the tools to overcome their triggers.

Focus on Reasons to Recover

“Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” – Anne Fletcher

You have to want to recover to be successful. Think about why you chose recovery in the first place, and evaluate whether your motivators will be different or the same this time around. Family, friends, health, and even the little moments that bring you joy can all be anchors for your recovery. If you spend some time making a list, you’ll likely find that there are many signs pointing you towards recovery.

Explore Different Treatment

Everyone is different, and that means that not everyone will benefit from the same treatment. After a relapse, it’s important to remain focused on recovery and examine the causes so you can avoid them in the future. Successful rehab programs often include detoxification, behavioral counseling, medication, follow-ups, and even hospitalization if necessary. Find something that works for you.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’re always here to help. At Centre Care Inc., we offer a full set of comprehensive services that cover a broad range of patient care. Give us a call at 314-205-8068 or contact us online. The first step to getting well is to have the courage to seek help.

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