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The Way Forward After Relapse

Making A Comeback To Recovery

A relapse is a stage which is a part during the recovery process. Relapse could happen, but you can treat it as a setback rather than a failure.

Relapse gets even the most committed and focused patient on their way to recovery.

Many people experience feelings of shame and regret after a relapse has occurred. Some people can even stop the recovery process because they get overwhelmed by guilt when they relapse.


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


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. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


Why Relapse Occurred

It is rather unfortunate, but it is a common occurrence among people who are on the path of recovery to relapse after a period of sobriety. An estimated 50% of recovering patients experience this momentary vulnerability to old habits leading them to relapse.

Knowing some of the danger points can help you prevent a relapse.

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

  • Staying Clean Is Not Your Priority
  • You are more likely to experience a relapse when your commitment is less than hundred percent.
  • Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
  • You must attend each and every session of personal or group therapy or support group meetings, besides taking professional help for any psychological conditions, like depression.
  • There's No Support System
  • Associating with the right group of people is the best way of avoiding to get back to the use of alcohol.
  • It is important to be around the people that share the same experience as you.
  • Requesting your family members to keep you accountable, seeking spiritual guidance through meditation or religion and joining sober group activities also prove helpful.
  • Not Wanting To Quit For Yourselves
  • 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.
  • Overwhelmed With Post-Rehab Life
  • It is important to have in place a relapse prevention plan for transitioning back to regular life after the treatment has been completed.
  • 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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I Relapsed So Now What

On the other hand, you must go back to rehab if you are taking drugs regularly.

The second time may need you to be put in some of the effective treatment programs such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) so that you can fully recover without relapsing again. In addition to the improved emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can also supplement other therapies like music, yoga, and even exercise routines.


You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. It is advisable not to go through rehabilitation all over again because of one episode that may not repeat itself.

When you enter rehab after experiencing a relapse, stronger emphasis should be on helping you to smoothly transition back to real life. You may learn that the best option to avoid a relapse is by entering a sober living environment for a few months where accountability and discipline can prove extremely helpful during the vulnerable initial few months post-treatment. It would prove to be a great advantage if you are prepared with an outpatient plan for continued therapy even after you have left the chosen treatment plan.


Enlist All The Help That You Need

There is always assistance for a person that is trying to stop the addiction to alcohol and even the people that are coming from rehab can be assisted to adjust to the new life. Sign up to post-rehab care that matches all your needs in order to maintain the clean-living and achieve full recovery.