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What Happens If I Relapse

Restarting 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.

Regardless of how diligently a recovery is pursued or the type of commitment you have for lifelong sobriety the chances of a relapse prevailing at some point remain present.

Humiliation and embarrassment are the prevailing feelings among people who revert during treatment. Some people can even stop the recovery process because they get overwhelmed by guilt when they relapse.


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%.


Notwithstanding the setback, this should be treated as an opportunity to regroup and re-evaluate the plan in order to bounce back stronger and better. A better plan to complete rehabilitation can be formulated when one search intensively for the main determinant of the regression.


Why Relapse Occurred

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.

You can overcome this feeling when you identify the factors that make you to be tempted.

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An upcoming relapse may exhibit some signs, which can include the following:

  • Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
  • It helps to confirm and reaffirm your commitment to your goal otherwise, you are bound to go off-course.
  • It takes courage and dedication to actually get over an addiction.
  • 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
  • The presence of a support system whether it is in the form of a reliable friend or your family makes or enhances your chances in recovering.
  • It is important to be around the people that share the same experience as you.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • You Should Want To Quit For Yourselves
  • Many cases have been noted where the individual joins the treatment program because he or she is trying to please their family members or friends but do not have a commitment for quitting for themselves.
  • The lower the commitment of a user to give up drugs or alcohol, the higher the chances of relapse.
  • Overwhelmed With Post-Rehab Life
  • 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.
  • 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 Do I Do After Relapse

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. Many other therapies like meditation and yoga, fitness classes, and music and art therapy are there in many de-addiction facilities.


The primary objective would be to determine whether you are required to rehab once again. You probably don't need to undergo rehab in case it was a one-off slip and you are hundred percent committed to not let it happen again.

The main objective, at the start of rehabilitation after a regression, must strictly be achievement of normal living. A clean environment with availability of support groups is the best option for someone who has just come out of rehab. It would also help if you have a plan or visual aids to remind you of your mission after leaving the treatment centre.


Receiving The Best Assistance You Need

Assistance is procurable for those constantly in battle against imminent or ongoing regression despite complete rehabilitation. In order to abstain for a long time, a management plan individualized for you is what you should seek.