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The Course Of Relapse

Making A Comeback To Recovery

A component of the rehabilitation system is regression. There are a number of things which you can do to get back on the path of recovery if you have experienced a relapse.

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.


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


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. By delving deeper into the root causes of the relapse you will be laying the foundation for a recovery which will ensure that you bounce back stronger than ever.


What Are The Reasons For Relapse

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.

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

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The following signs can indicate a relapse is just round the corner:

  • Not Being Serious About Your Sobriety
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • In order to succeed you must be prepared to put in the hard work that is required to stay sober.
  • This can include attending the 12-step program, having a committed sponsor and getting the necessary therapy or counselling for possible co-occurring mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
  • Not Being In An Addiction Group
  • Associating with the right group of people is the best way of avoiding to get back to the use of alcohol.
  • The importance of a solid support system for a recovering addict cannot be stated enough.
  • Requesting your family members to keep you accountable, seeking spiritual guidance through meditation or religion and joining sober group activities also prove helpful.
  • 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.
  • Not Having A Plan After Being Sober
  • One needs to know how they plan on carrying on with their life after they have recovered so that they are not tempted to get back to alcohol.
  • 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.
  • You can keep up being sober if you identify these tempting factors.

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What To Do After Relapsing

In cases where one dose led to another and perhaps that succeeding dose led to another dose, then that sounds like you are back to your old habit.

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.


Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment or not. It is advisable not to go through rehabilitation all over again because of one episode that may not repeat itself.

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.


Get The Assistance You Require

Assistance is procurable for those constantly in battle against imminent or ongoing regression despite complete rehabilitation. There are different support groups and rehab facilities offering different approaches of being sober and you can check in with one that fits you perfectly.