Relapsing After Rehab

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2015

Relapsing After Rehab

Relapsing After Rehab


Relapse is a serious condition and even after a highly successful treatment program, there is always a possibility of relapse. For different drugs, the relapse rate can vary depending on how strong the drug is and how long the person has been in recovery. Emotional and psychological disorders can also contribute to relapse rates. Other factors that can contribute to someone turning back to a drug addiction are:

  • Access to the drug
  • Social Situations and Peer Pressure
  • Stress from a relationship or job
  • Financial Problems

How to Move Forward If Relapse Happens

If you find yourself in a situation where relapsing may happen or does happen, do not feel ashamed or upset with yourself. These situations happen and the best thing to do is to move forward and seek help to stop what is happening. Many people fear that a relapse will mean they must be re-admitted to a drug rehab. While this may be the case in some situations, it does not always apply in every situation. For some people, simply reassessing lifestyles and various situations can help show what triggered the relapse. The best way to combat relapse is to follow the steps below when you first notice something is wrong:

  • Contact your counselor immediately. They will be able to offer solutions and help you determine what steps should be taken to get back on the right track.
  • Take a moment to stop and breathe. Write things down to keep in mind as you follow along on your journey to a life free of the drugs, alcohol or other substances.
  • Talk to family or friends that do not do drugs and that truly care about you. If you do not have family or anyone that you feel close enough to talk to, then work on your own to let you know that you are worth treatment and a better life away from the drugs or alcohol.
  • Restart! There is a chance that the program you went through was not right for you. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to locate a new program that may be geared toward what you personally are going through.

Learn From Your Mistakes and Move On

There is no perfect person and we all make mistakes. Keep that in mind as you ponder what caused the relapse. Keep in mind that there is no shame in returning to rehab for further treatment. As a matter of fact, returning after a relapse shows how strong you are as it shows that you care enough about your life to get the help that you need.

The road to recovery is a long road and is often filled with many bumps, but when you work hard and have a quality treatment team to guide you, you can achieve greatness and can overcome the addiction that is holding you back from truly living.


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