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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. Relapse could happen, but you can treat it as a setback rather than a failure.

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

Feeling great remorse and shame after relapsing is common. 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.


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.


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. A brief episode of temptation which causes relapse is encountered by about 50% of people in rehabilitation.

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

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An upcoming relapse may exhibit some signs, which can include the following:

  • If Your Most Important Goal Is Not Abstinence
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Associating with the right group of people is the best way of avoiding to get back to the use of alcohol.
  • It is important to be around the people that share the same experience as you.
  • 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
  • In order for satisfaction of closed members and not because of true dedication is why some addicts start their regimen.
  • It is quite easy for someone to go back to drinking ways if they were not committed to the being sober in the first place.
  • Not Having A Plan After Being Sober
  • 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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What Are The Next Steps After Relapse

In cases where one dose led to another and perhaps that succeeding dose led to another dose, then that sounds like you are back to your old habit.

When you undergo rehab again, you are likely to be asked to join cognitive behavioural therapy to address the root causes of relapse and to equip you with strategies to manage triggers in a positive manner in future. 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.


Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment or not. You need to evaluate if what happened was just a one-time temporary moment of weakness.

The main objective, at the start of rehabilitation after a regression, must strictly be achievement of normal living. You may learn that the best option to avoid a relapse is by entering a sober living environment for a few months where accountability and discipline can prove extremely helpful during the vulnerable initial few months post-treatment. It would also help if you have a plan or visual aids to remind you of your mission after leaving the treatment centre.


Get The Assistance You Require

If you have already been through the treatment and are struggling with the potential or the reality of a relapse, help is certainly available. In order to abstain for a long time, a management plan individualized for you is what you should seek.