It’s what every recovering addict fears—completing a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, only to fail soon afterward. While relapse is a possibility, it doesn’t have to happen to you. With support from your loved ones and your rehab center, you can avoid relapse. Read on to learn the four main sources of relapse:
Source One: Thinking You’re Cured When you’ve successfully completed drug or alcohol rehab, you feel proud. But when recovering addicts boldly proclaim that they’ve beaten their addiction, they’re underestimating the illness. Don’t let yourself get cocky or believe you don’t need support, as it leads to failure down the road.
Source Two: Lack of Support If you think you’re cured, then the logic follows that you no longer need help. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Sobriety is a life-long process, and most addicts find that ongoing support, whether it’s from a rehab center or a 12-step program, is necessary. Making excuses not to attend meetings is a dangerous sign of relapse.
Source Three: Re-visiting the Past Sobriety means changing your lifestyle. Relapse can occur when you ignore the recommendations of your alcohol rehab program and start hanging out with old drinking buddies or visiting the bar. You may tell yourself you’re going just to see friends, but it can bring up powerful urges to slip into old habits.
Source Four: Everyday Stress A person who doesn’t have addiction issues might shrug off a flat tire or a negative comment. Recovering addicts, even those who have been to a rehab center, don’t always have the same ability. Their healthy coping mechanisms are still new, and stress can lead them to old habits. While no one can avoid stress entirely, filling your life with healthy routines can help you cope.
Anytime you feel like giving in, reach out for help from a trained professional. At Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we specialize in helping men and women successfully break free of addiction. Call us at (503) 298-4393 to learn how we can help you avoid relapse.