Making A Comeback To Recovery
The road to compete withdrawal from drugs is faced with many challenges and relapsing is one of it. 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.
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.
Up to 60% of patients trying to recover have a relapse at some point on the process.
Think of your relapse as an opportunity to fine tune your prevention strategy and become more familiar with your triggers. Refocusing on the solution to the root cause of the relapse is a reinvigorating energy that renews your zeal to beat addiction once and for all.
What Are The Reasons For Relapse
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. An estimated 50% of recovering patients experience this momentary vulnerability to old habits leading them to relapse.
Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.
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Some of these warning signals are
- Staying Clean Is Not Your Priority
- Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
- Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
- Support group gathering attendance, devoted benefactor partnership and co-morbid psychiatric illnesses treatment are some of these.
- Lack Of Social Backing
- Associating with the right group of people is the best way of avoiding to get back to the use of alcohol.
- Having a support group comprising of others during the recovery is vital.
- Join support groups consisting of other recovering and fully-recovered addicts, participate in positive, healthy activities like meditation classes, and seek help and support from your loved ones.
- Blatant Lack of Determination to Quit
- Some patients were just talked out and forced to rehab without really having the clear intentions for themselves to get well.
- This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
- Not Being Prepared 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.
- 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 To Do After Relapsing
Unfortunately, you may find the need to get back into a strict treatment program if you have fallen back into a continued pattern of substance abuse.
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. Beginning a workout schedule or taking part in art and creative activities is another effective method of keeping your mind off the drugs.
Deciding whether redoing rehabilitation is the initial part. If it was an isolated incident, and you have a commitment never to let it happen again you may not be required to go back to an inpatient facility.
Your focus should be on the transitioning back to regular life from the very moment you enter a treatment centre after a relapse. 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. Anticipation of sustenance of management by regular clinic visitation after discharge is helpful.
Receiving The Best Assistance You Need
Assistance is procurable for those constantly in battle against imminent or ongoing regression despite complete rehabilitation. Join a de-addiction program that can help you live a sober life.