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What Happens If I Relapse

Bouncing Back To Total Recovery

A relapse is normal during recovery. You can restart your journey of living drug-free in case 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.

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.


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%.


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.


Why Did The Relapse Happen

This is one incident that is usually very disappointing when it occurs. A brief episode of temptation which causes relapse is encountered by about 50% of people in rehabilitation.

Prevention of this is possible with the awareness of the warning signals.

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Some of these warning signals are:

  • If Your Most Important Goal Is Not Abstinence
  • It helps to confirm and reaffirm your commitment to your goal otherwise, you are bound to go off-course.
  • Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Disinterest In Stopping
  • Many cases have been noted where the individual joins the treatment program because he or she is trying to please their family members or friends but do not have a commitment for quitting for themselves.
  • The risks of a relapse increase significantly unless the individual truly wants to quit for themselves.
  • 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.
  • 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.

When you undergo rehab again, you are likely to be asked to join cognitive behavioural therapy to address the root causes of relapse and to equip you with strategies to manage triggers in a positive manner in future. Many other therapies like meditation and yoga, fitness classes, and music and art therapy are there in many de-addiction facilities.


Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment 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.

The main objective, at the start of rehabilitation after a regression, must strictly be achievement of normal living. One effective way of increasing your odds in recovering fully and avoid relapse is checking in a sober living home. After exiting from rehab, you need to have a plan already on how you are going to conduct your life.


Reach Out For Help That You Need

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. 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.