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The Process Of Relapsing

Making A Comeback To Recovery

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.

Relapse gets even the most committed and focused patient on their way to recovery.

Indignity and remorse among patients often follow relapse. Some people can even stop the recovery process because they get overwhelmed by guilt when they relapse.


About half (the National Institute on Drug Abuse put the figure at 40 - 60 %) of the patients undergoing rehabilitation will regress.


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.


Why Relapse Occurred

Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. There is usually that urge to return to the use of drugs when someone has become clean for sometime.

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

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

  • Remaining Clean Is Not A Big Issue To You
  • It helps to confirm and reaffirm your commitment to your goal otherwise, you are bound to go off-course.
  • 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.
  • Lack Of Social Backing
  • Sustenance of reformation or regression to misuse can be determined by the strength of social assistance the recovered user has.
  • It is important to be around the people that share the same experience as you.
  • You can engage in different activities and hobbies and even seek the guidance of your close relatives and friends as you try to recover.
  • 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.
  • The odds of regression is greater unless the decision to stop is by oneself.
  • Not Being Prepared For Life Post Treatment
  • In order for smooth changeover into normal life after rehabilitation, formulation of a good regression avoidance strategy is useful.
  • 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.
  • Your recently found abstinence need precise detection of the initiators for its preservation.

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I Relapsed So Now What

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

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. 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.


It is important to know if you need to go back to inpatient care in cases where you slipped. 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.

Your target should always to fully recover after the whole process. The first month after you have recovered, you need to be keeping the best company and maybe change the environment you are living in. After exiting from rehab, you need to have a plan already on how you are going to conduct your life.


Reach Out For Help That You Need

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.