It’s commonly said that relapse is another part of the lifelong process
of addiction recovery. Although relapse is certainly best avoided whenever
possible, the important lesson to be learned is to never give up working
on addiction recovery. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you relapse
once or 10 times; you will always find the help you need to get back on
track at an
addiction treatment center.
Risks of Relapse
The risk of relapse exists for every addict; however, those who have recently
left a drug rehab are at a particularly high risk. During the first few
months, those recovering from drug addiction are typically trying to rebuild
their lives in the community, reach out to family and friends, and deal
with a range of difficult emotions. Without a strong network of support,
it can be difficult to get through this initial period. After the first
year or so, recovery may become easier. At some point; however, some recovering
addicts may begin to wonder if they could occasionally use drugs or alcohol
without having problems. These
thinking patterns can easily lead to relapse.
Process of Relapse
Some drug rehabilitation experts have suggested that relapse can develop
as a gradual process. It may begin with the feeling that one is “stuck”
in the recovery process. The individual may begin to use unhealthy coping
strategies to try to overcome this. Then, a trigger event may occur that
exacerbates difficult emotions. The individual may experience feelings
of being out of control. He or she may turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve
Triggers for Relapse
There are many possible triggers for drug and alcohol relapse, including
challenging feelings such as anger, loneliness, self-pity, and frustration.
Being over-confident about one’s recovery, being dishonest to others,
or taking recovery for granted can contribute to relapses.
Retreat at Lancaster County offers unparalleled case management services.
At our drug addiction treatment center, your personal clinical team works
closely with you to plan for lifelong addiction recovery. Individuals
from the Pennsylvania area and those throughout the U.S. can call our
admissions intake team at (717) 859-8000 any time of the day or night.