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What Happens If I Relapse

Restarting Recovery

A component of the rehabilitation system is regression. There are a number of things which you can do to get back on the path of recovery if you have experienced a relapse.

Relapse gets even the most committed and focused patient on their way to recovery.

Feeling great remorse and shame after relapsing is common. 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.


National Institute on Drug Abuse pegs relapse around 40% to 60% among recovering patients.


Think of your relapse as an opportunity to fine tune your prevention strategy and become more familiar with your triggers. A better plan to complete rehabilitation can be formulated when one search intensively for the main determinant of the regression.


The Determining Factors Of Relapse

Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. There is usually that urge to return to the use of drugs when someone has become clean for sometime.

You can overcome this feeling when you identify the factors that make you to be tempted.

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An upcoming relapse may exhibit some signs, which can include the following:

  • If Your Most Important Goal Is Not Abstinence
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • In order to succeed you must be prepared to put in the hard work that is required to stay sober.
  • Support group gathering attendance, devoted benefactor partnership and co-morbid psychiatric illnesses treatment are some of these.
  • Not Having A Support System
  • A strong support system is often the main difference between relapsing and continuing recovery unhindered.
  • The importance of a solid support system for a recovering addict cannot be stated enough.
  • 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
  • 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 odds of regression is greater unless the decision to stop is by oneself.
  • Lack Of Readiness For After Rehabilitation
  • To ensure your transition to real life is smooth and bump-free, create a comprehensive plan to prevent relapse.
  • A few factors like a broken household, bad companionship, loneliness and deleterious habits are to be noted as hindrances to abstinence.
  • Your recently found abstinence need precise detection of the initiators for its preservation.

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The Actions To Take After Relapse

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.


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.

Your target should always to fully recover after the whole process. The first month after you have recovered, you need to be keeping the best company and maybe change the environment you are living in. You should also continue taking therapy at an outpatient facility after completing rehab.


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. Sign up to post-rehab care that matches all your needs in order to maintain the clean-living and achieve full recovery.