Making A Comeback To Recovery
The road to compete withdrawal from drugs is faced with many challenges and relapsing is one of it. You can still stop using the drug or alcohol even after you have relapsed.
There is always a probability that one will regress irrespective of the effort, adherence and devotion dedicated to rehabilitation.
Feeling great remorse and shame after relapsing is common. Rather than the continuous struggle against dependence and the temptation to reuse, one may opt to cave in.
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%.
Familiarization with possible conditions that bring about regression and drawing out an avoidance strategy are some of the ways you can turn regression to your advantage. Refocusing on the solution to the root cause of the relapse is a reinvigorating energy that renews your zeal to beat addiction once and for all.
Relapse And The Reasons For It
Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. 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.
Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.
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Some of these warning signals are
- If Your Most Important Goal Is Not Abstinence
- You are at an increased risk of a relapse if you do not have a firm commitment to lifelong sobriety.
- Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
- Going for counselling sessions and registering with the 12-step programs is one sure way through which you can effectively recover from the addiction.
- Not Being In An Addiction Group
- A strong support system is often the main difference between relapsing and continuing recovery unhindered.
- It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
- Requesting your family members to keep you accountable, seeking spiritual guidance through meditation or religion and joining sober group activities also prove helpful.
- 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.
- This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
- Being Unprepared For Life Post Treatment
- In order for smooth changeover into normal life after rehabilitation, formulation of a good regression avoidance strategy is useful.
- Sabotaging sobriety is not difficult, but it is crucial to understand that matters like dysfunctional family dynamics, toxic friendship, social isolation and unhealthy daily routines can all affect the sobriety of an individual.
- You can keep up being sober if you identify these tempting factors.
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What Are The Next Steps After Relapse
A meticulous management plan is necessitated when there is regression to recurrent drug misuse.
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. Beginning a workout schedule or taking part in art and creative activities is another effective method of keeping your mind off the drugs.
The primary objective would be to determine whether you are required to rehab once again. Sometimes you don't have to check back to a rehab if you had gone back to using alcohol.
It should be imperative that your sole focus when undergoing rehabilitation post-relapse is only your total recovery. 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.
Get The Assistance You Require
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. In order to abstain for a long time, a management plan individualized for you is what you should seek.