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The Process Of Relapsing

Getting Back On Track To Recovery

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.

Many people experience feelings of shame and regret after a relapse has occurred. Some people can even stop the recovery process because they get overwhelmed by guilt when they relapse.


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%.


You can however turn this occurrence around: Recognize the factors that caused you to relapse is one effective way of getting back to your recovery. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


Relapse And The Reasons For It

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. 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.

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

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Some of these warning signals are:

  • Not Being Serious About Your Sobriety
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
  • Support group gathering attendance, devoted benefactor partnership and co-morbid psychiatric illnesses treatment are some of these.
  • 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
  • Some patients were just talked out and forced to rehab without really having the clear intentions for themselves to get well.
  • This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
  • Not Being Prepared For Life Post Treatment
  • 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.
  • You can keep up being sober if you identify these tempting factors.

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What Are The Next Steps 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. In addition to the improved emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can also supplement other therapies like music, yoga, and even exercise routines.


It is important to know if you need to go back to inpatient care in cases where you slipped. It is advisable not to go through rehabilitation all over again because of one episode that may not repeat itself.

It should be imperative that your sole focus when undergoing rehabilitation post-relapse is only your total recovery. You may learn that the best option to avoid a relapse is by entering a sober living environment for a few months where accountability and discipline can prove extremely helpful during the vulnerable initial few months post-treatment. It would prove to be a great advantage if you are prepared with an outpatient plan for continued therapy even after you have left the chosen treatment plan.


Reach Out For Help That You Need

You should take heart from the fact that help is readily available in case you have relapsed or think you might relapse. In order to abstain for a long time, a management plan individualized for you is what you should seek.