What To Do After A Relapse

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Unfortunately, drug and alcohol addiction recovery and relapsing go hand in hand. Recovering from a substance use disorder is not a straight path to recovery. Removing the addictive behaviors from one’s life is a difficult task and relapse is always a possibility.

It is important to understand that it is not uncommon for individuals recovering from alcohol or drug abuse to find it difficult to abstain from using. Whether you receive help from a Sober Coach or social support from family members or friends, it’s important to put together a relapse prevention plan.

The professionals at Drew Horowitz & Associates are here to help you find the proper support system for a loved one recovering from substance abuse.

What Is Relapse?

A relapse occurs when an individual breaks their recovery goal by using drugs or alcohol again after a period of abstaining. There are many reasons why this can happen, including lack of a support system, lack of commitment to continuous treatment, and not wanting to quit in the first place.

It may seem as if a relapse comes out of nowhere, but it is typically the culmination of several different small changes in an addict’s behavior. From additional stress at work, breaking up with a spouse or partner, or succumbing to a lack of motivation after expending extreme effort attempting to stay sober.

No matter the reason for relapse, the most important aspect of recovery is what happens next.

Recovering From Addiction Relapse

After going through the difficult phase of recovery, an addict will often feel guilt and shame after relapsing. Developing the proper coping skills is necessary to not allow a slip to become a tumble. It’s important to use your feelings as motivation to continue fighting for your recovery.

Addiction is a chronic disease, meaning the feeling to use will most likely remain with a former addict for the rest of their life. One slip can cause a downward spiral, forcing the addict to go back to square one. If this is the case, the best form of recovery is to enter a treatment facility again.

Other ways of recovering may be:

    • Joining a Support Group
    • Speaking to a Therapist
    • Hiring a Recovery Coach or Sober Companion
    • Make Small Changes

Recovery is a lifelong process. It changes every day and in every situation that you find yourself inside. Whether you need help starting the recovery process, recovering from a relapse, or have a loved one in need of an intervention, contact Drew Horowitz & Associates today.


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