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What Happens If I Relapse

Getting Back On Track To Recovery

There is a looming concern about relapse by recovering patients after rehabilitation. You can still stop using the drug or alcohol even after you have relapsed.

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.


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


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

This is one incident that is usually very disappointing when it occurs. No fewer than 50 percent of recovering addicts experience a momentary lapse of reason and consume alcohol or drugs once again.

Knowing some of the danger points can help you prevent a relapse.

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The following signs can indicate a relapse is just round the corner:

  • Remaining Clean Is Not A Big Issue To You
  • You are at an increased risk of a relapse if you do not have a firm commitment to lifelong sobriety.
  • In order to succeed you must be prepared to put in the hard work that is required to stay sober.
  • Regular appointments with the counsellor and/or attendance to the 12-step sessions are few options that would keep you on track.
  • Not Having A Support System
  • Sustenance of reformation or regression to misuse can be determined by the strength of social assistance the recovered user has.
  • The importance of a solid support system for a recovering addict cannot be stated enough.
  • You can engage in different activities and hobbies and even seek the guidance of your close relatives and friends as you try to recover.
  • 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.
  • 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 Having A Plan After Being Sober
  • 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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What To Do After Relapsing

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


The primary objective would be to determine whether you are required to rehab once again. It is advisable not to go through rehabilitation all over again because of one episode that may not repeat itself.

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. It would also help if you have a plan or visual aids to remind you of your mission after leaving the treatment centre.


Enlist All The Help That 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. You should get yourselves enrolled in a treatment program that suits your requirements the best and one which can help you reach sustained sobriety.