Drugs and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that affects millions of people. If you realize that you have an addiction, and would like to return to a sober life, it is advisable to check yourself or a loved one that is struggling with addiction into a rehab center. However, you need to understand that addiction recovery is a process, and there are a lot of factors involved. For most addicts, addiction recovery proves to be very difficult because their bodies have built dependency on a particular drug or alcohol. And the recovery process is about quitting drugs or alcohol use.
Just like any other disease, relapsing is a common occurrence for drugs and alcohol addicts undergoing treatment. Relapsing is whereby an individual undergoing treatment goes back to using the drug he/she had been using. This mostly happens at the detoxification stage, where treatment is administered to help you stop using the drug you were dependent on. Most individuals in our addiction recovery center relapse once they start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms can be extreme, and this leads the individual back to his or her previous behaviors. Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Lack of sleep
If you relapse after undergoing treatment, you should not look at it as a failure. Relapsing is common, and what we have to do is adjust your treatment program to ensure you achieve full recovery. You, however, have to be aware of some of the triggers that bring about the relapse, and what you can do to avoid relapsing.
What Are Some Of The Triggers That Lead To A Relapse?
Relapsing can be a part of the recovery journey to sobriety, but there are a number of triggers that cause you to relapse. Once these triggers are identified, relapse becomes preventable, and your addiction recovery program can be administered to ensure you remain sober in the days to come.
These triggers can be divided into two:
- Emotional triggers, and
- Environmental triggers
Emotional triggers include things such as fear, depression, stress, anxiety, and frustrations. More often than not, people abuse drugs in the attempt to control their emotions or to achieve euphoric feelings. If you are under a lot of stress, your chances of relapsing increase. Usually, negative factors such as frustrations and depression are the major emotional triggers that lead to a relapse. The attitude that you have also determines whether you will relapse or not.
Besides emotional triggers, you may end up relapsing because of environmental triggers. Environmental triggers mostly concern the individuals that you hang out with. The chances of relapsing are higher if you go to hang out with individuals that you used to do drugs or alcohol with. In addition, parties where people are socially drinking create an opportunity for you to slip back to your former behavior. Another environmental trigger is going to places where you used to do the drugs or take alcohol. All these predispose you or rather increase the chances of a relapse.
How to Prevent a Relapse
Addiction is a chronic disease. So, chances of a relapse are high, but there are ways in which you can prevent it. Here are a couple of ways.
Avoid Triggering Circumstances
Triggers, both emotional and environmental are some of the major causes of a relapse. To avoid a relapse, you should consider avoiding these triggers. In our addiction recovery center, we offer therapy sessions that help you to recognize your triggers, and come up with a viable plan on how to cope with them.
For instance, if you are struggling with alcoholism, it would be unwise to visit your previous joints because the temptation to indulge may arise. If your triggers cannot be avoided, the therapy sessions we offer in our facility can help you to learn about how to deal with them.
Take part in aftercare programs
In any addiction recovery program, the last step is aftercare. Active participation in alumni programs after you leave our facility can contribute a lot to avoiding relapse. Aftercare programs can offer the support and motivation a recovering addict needs to achieve sobriety. You may choose to work with our treatment specialists in aftercare to ensure that you abstain from drugs or alcohol use.
Join a support group
Support groups mostly comprise of individuals who once were addicted to drugs or alcohol, but are on their way to sobriety. You may join a support group to get the motivation you need to avoid slipping back into substance abuse. Support groups have a lot of resources that can help you to adhere to the teachings that you received in our treatment center. Also, individuals in a support group may be those who are in the same addiction recovery center as you. This gives you moral support. Moreover, people share positive experiences of a drug-free life, which contributes to relapse prevention.
Distract yourself by being active
Idleness is one of the major contributors to slipping back to drugs or alcohol use. After all, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. If you want to prevent a relapse, we recommend that you engage in activities that get your mind off the drugs. You can do some exercise to boost your emotional state- this eliminates emotional triggers. You can also use the time you previously used to do drugs or go on a drinking binge to do a couple of things. Get a hobby. Remain active.
Develop a positive attitude
Attitude is key when it comes to addiction recovery. Having a negative attitude will only see you relapse. So, if you are dedicated to leading a sober life, a positive attitude is important. You have to constantly remind yourself of the negative aftermath of drug or alcohol abuse. You have to think of how it affects you and the people around you. Once you identify the negative consequences, your chances of having a relapse are greatly reduced.
Are you struggling with addiction and looking for professional help? We can help. Call us today at 877-978-3148