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Relapsing And What Happens

Restarting Recovery

A relapse is normal during recovery. Relapse could happen, but you can treat it as a setback rather than a failure.

Even if you are completely committed to stay drug-free and work tirelessly toward that goal, the risk of relapsing is real and can become a reality.

Feeling guilty after getting off track the recovery path is also 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.


Notwithstanding the setback, this should be treated as an opportunity to regroup and re-evaluate the plan in order to bounce back stronger and better. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


Why Relapse Occurred

This is one incident that is usually very disappointing when it occurs. An estimated 50% of recovering patients experience this momentary vulnerability to old habits leading them to relapse.

You can prevent relapse if you are aware of the warning signs.

Call us now on 0800 246 1509 and allow our professionals to find the right treatment program for you.


Below are some red flags to note:

  • Staying Clean Is Not Your Priority
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • 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.
  • There's No Support System
  • Associating with the right group of people is the best way of avoiding to get back to the use of alcohol.
  • It is important to be around the people that share the same experience as you.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • Disinterest In Stopping
  • 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.
  • This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
  • Lack Of Readiness For After Rehabilitation
  • 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.
  • Some factors can derail your plan to sobriety and these include unhealthy family environment, loneliness, unhealthy routine, and company of people who have an alcohol or drug problem.
  • 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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I Relapsed So Now What

A meticulous management plan is necessitated when there is regression to recurrent drug misuse.

The second time may need you to be put in some of the effective treatment programs such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) so that you can fully recover without relapsing again. There are several forms of therapy, which can be explored among the many treatment programs and include art and music therapy, yoga and relaxation techniques, physical fitness and even equine therapy.


You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. It is advisable not to go through rehabilitation all over again because of one episode that may not repeat itself.

The main objective, at the start of rehabilitation after a regression, must strictly be achievement of normal living. A clean environment with availability of support groups is the best option for someone who has just come out of rehab. 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

Assistance is procurable for those constantly in battle against imminent or ongoing regression despite complete rehabilitation. 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.