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The Way Forward After Relapse

Returning To The Withdrawal Process

A relapse is a stage which is a part during the recovery process. You can restart your journey of living drug-free in case 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 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.


About half (the National Institute on Drug Abuse put the figure at 40 - 60 %) of the patients undergoing rehabilitation will regress.


On the contrary, you should be looking forward to using a relapse as a tool for learning and should clarify your relapse prevention plan and identify the triggers which are the cause of the relapse. A better plan to complete rehabilitation can be formulated when one search intensively for the main determinant of the regression.


Relapse And The Reasons For It

It is saddening that regression happens after attainment of abstinence for a period of time. 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.

Prevention of this is possible with the awareness of the warning signals.

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You can know if you are about to get off the track when:

  • If Your Most Important Goal Is Not Abstinence
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • 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 Having A Support System
  • Sustenance of reformation or regression to misuse can be determined by the strength of social assistance the recovered user has.
  • Having a support group comprising of others during the recovery is vital.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • Disinterest In Stopping
  • In order for satisfaction of closed members and not because of true dedication is why some addicts start their regimen.
  • 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.
  • Lack Of Readiness For After Rehabilitation
  • To ensure your transition to real life is smooth and bump-free, create a comprehensive plan to prevent relapse.
  • 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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What To Do After Relapsing

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

More stress is placed on some treatment options like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with high yielding results when used with those with thought disorder, when rehabilitation is done again. In addition to the improved emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can also supplement other therapies like music, yoga, and even exercise routines.


Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment or not. 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.


Acquire The Help You Desire

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.