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Relapsing And What Happens

Returning To The Withdrawal Process

There is a looming concern about relapse by recovering patients after rehabilitation. In order to attain abstinence after one has regressed, several actions can be taken.

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. Rather than the continuous struggle against dependence and the temptation to reuse, one may opt to cave in.


Up to 60% of patients trying to recover have a relapse at some point on the process.


On the contrary, you should be looking forward to using a relapse as a tool for learning and should clarify your relapse prevention plan and identify the triggers which are the cause of the relapse. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


The Determining Factors Of Relapse

It is saddening that regression happens after attainment of abstinence for a period of time. Approximately 50% of all recovering addicts experience moments of weakness that take them back again and make them pick up drugs or alcohol all over again.

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:

  • Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
  • You are more likely to experience a relapse when your commitment is less than hundred percent.
  • The readiness to struggle fervently for abstinence is necessary for victory.
  • 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.
  • Not Being In An Addiction Group
  • A strong support system is often the main difference between relapsing and continuing recovery unhindered.
  • It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
  • 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
  • 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 Being Prepared For Life Post Treatment
  • In order for smooth changeover into normal life after rehabilitation, formulation of a good regression avoidance strategy is useful.
  • 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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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.

This time around, you are a bit familiar about the treatment program especially when it comes to the focus that you require in order to avoid falling into the same pattern again. Artistry and songs can be used in treatment, resting techniques; exercises and horse psychotherapy are among the additional treatments.


You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. 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.

When you enter rehab after experiencing a relapse, stronger emphasis should be on helping you to smoothly transition back to real life. 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.


Receiving The Best Assistance You Need

In case your gut feels that you are more likely to relapse post -rehab, it would be best to ask help from your counsellor or support group to address your situation. In order to abstain for a long time, a management plan individualized for you is what you should seek.