Returning To The Withdrawal Process
A relapse is normal during recovery. There are a number of things which you can do to get back on the path of recovery if you have experienced a relapse.
Even if you are completely committed to stay drug-free and work tirelessly toward that goal, the risk of relapsing is real and can become a reality.
Indignity and remorse among patients often follow relapse. You may have the feeling that you should be giving up the fight and carry on with your addiction rather than remaining obligated to work hard in order to overcome the fleeting desire to use drugs.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has made an announcement that the relapse rates during the process of recovery are in the region of 40 to 60%.
Think of your relapse as an opportunity to fine tune your prevention strategy and become more familiar with your triggers. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.
Why Relapse Occurred
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.
Prevention of this is possible with the awareness of the warning signals.
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You can know if you are about to get off the track when
- If Your Most Important Goal Is Not Abstinence
- One may get tempted to go back and start using alcohol if they are not 100% willing to recover from the addiction.
- Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
- Going for counselling sessions and registering with the 12-step programs is one sure way through which you can effectively recover from the addiction.
- Zero Support System
- Sustenance of reformation or regression to misuse can be determined by the strength of social assistance the recovered user has.
- It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
- 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
- It is not uncommon to encounter cases in which an addict enters medical rehab more to make his family happy than with any real commitment to stay drug free for rest of the life.
- This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
- Not Being Prepared For Life Post Treatment
- It is important to have in place a relapse prevention plan for transitioning back to regular life after the treatment has been completed.
- This is where your learning from the counselling sessions come in handy in reference to identifying the triggers and other psychosocial factors of your addiction.
- To stay sober, you need to recognize things than can trigger a relapse and create a plan to encounter them.
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The Actions To Take After Relapse
A meticulous management plan is necessitated when there is regression to recurrent drug misuse.
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. 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.
You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. 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.
It should be imperative that your sole focus when undergoing rehabilitation post-relapse is only your total recovery. The first month after you have recovered, you need to be keeping the best company and maybe change the environment you are living in. Anticipation of sustenance of management by regular clinic visitation after discharge is helpful.
Acquire The Help You Desire
If you have already been through the treatment and are struggling with the potential or the reality of a relapse, help is certainly available. 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.