A relapse is a stage which is a part during the recovery process. 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.
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.
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. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.
Relapse And The Reasons For It
Just when the patient thinks that he is off the habit, he finds himself caught in the web of relapse. No fewer than 50 percent of recovering addicts experience a momentary lapse of reason and consume alcohol or drugs once again.
Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.
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You can know if you are about to get off the track when
- Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
- You are at an increased risk of a relapse if you do not have a firm commitment to lifelong sobriety.
- You can stay sober only if you put a lot of hard work and you should be ready for that.
- 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.
- Pious direction by reflection or piety should be craved, 12-step therapy should be involved in and answerability to closed one ensured.
- 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.
- The lower the commitment of a user to give up drugs or alcohol, the higher the chances of relapse.
- Being Unprepared For Life Post Treatment
- 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.
- 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.
- You can keep up being sober if you identify these tempting factors.
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The Actions To Take After Relapse
This is however not the case where the condition became worse and you have to report back and continue with the recovery process.
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.
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.
It should be imperative that your sole focus when undergoing rehabilitation post-relapse is only your total recovery. A clean environment with availability of support groups is the best option for someone who has just come out of rehab. Anticipation of sustenance of management by regular clinic visitation after discharge is helpful.
Get The Assistance You Require
There is always assistance for a person that is trying to stop the addiction to alcohol and even the people that are coming from rehab can be assisted to adjust to the new life. Sign up to post-rehab care that matches all your needs in order to maintain the clean-living and achieve full recovery.