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The Course Of Relapse

Getting Back On Track 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.

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 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.


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


You can however turn this occurrence around: Recognize the factors that caused you to relapse is one effective way of getting back to your recovery. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


Relapse And The Reasons For It

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.

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

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Below are some red flags to note:

  • Not Being Serious About Your Sobriety
  • You are more likely to experience a relapse when your commitment is less than hundred percent.
  • 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.
  • Not Having A Support System
  • 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.
  • Having a support group comprising of others during the recovery is vital.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • To ensure your transition to real life is smooth and bump-free, create a comprehensive plan to prevent relapse.
  • 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.
  • If you intend to protect your newfound sobriety, you must be in a position clearly to identify the triggers which can cause a relapse.

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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.

More stress is placed on some treatment options like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with high yielding results when used with those with thought disorder, when rehabilitation is done again. In addition to the improved emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can also supplement other therapies like music, yoga, and even exercise routines.


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

It should be imperative that your sole focus when undergoing rehabilitation post-relapse is only your total recovery. 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. You should also continue taking therapy at an outpatient facility after completing rehab.


Receiving The Best Assistance You Need

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.