Addiction is a life-long disease, and without a simple cure there is bound to be countless difficulties that individuals face after they have completed treatment. There is no doubt that completing treatment is a victory in itself that takes great strength, but remaining on the path of sobriety requires continuous work and dedication.
Studies have shown that it is important for those who have participated in an addiction treatment program to also engage in follow-up services once their program has come to an end. Thankfully, there are an array of support services available, that when taken advantage of have the best chance of maintaining sobriety long-term. However, many individuals still face temptation even after recovery. Keep reading to learn more about the warning signs of relapse:
Three Stages of Relapse
Relapsing is not just about a single event, it can begin weeks to months before the actual act takes place. No recovering addict or alcoholic wants to relapse, but many setbacks can lead them to that point. The goal of treatment is to help individuals recognize what to look for in the early stages, so that prevention is most possible. These stages of relapse are as follows:
During emotional relapse the addict is not actually considering using, but the person’s behavior and emotions are quietly setting them up for future relapse. In this stage the addict isolates himself, isn’t participating or sharing his feelings in recovery groups, and is exhibiting poor self-care. If this unhealthy pattern continues, it will begin to set the stage for the next phase of relapse.
As a response to the negative emotional feelings listed above, an addict begins to enter the mental stage of relapse. Part of them wants to use again, while the other part wants nothing to do with it. There is a war going on in this person’s mind that reminds him of what it felt like to use, and they start to minimizing the addiction to make it seem okay again. Here is also where the cravings begin, as the addict spends more time glamorizing the positives of their past addiction. If the addict in recovery continues to entertain these thoughts without intervention, a physical relapse is bound to take place next.
There is Hope at Revival
It is important to understand that relapsing does not mean that one has failed, but should be considered a normal part of life-long addiction recovery. This does not give excuse or permission to relapse, but serves as an encouragement to seek continued help.
As an individual learns to recognize the stages of relapse, pursuing quality prevention services should be the next step. Revival Recovery Services offers services that cover all aspects of recovery and the healing process. At Revival, the individual battles addiction by confronting root causes of pain, revealing what might be fueling their addiction. Revival’s success rate is high because we incorporate faith and spiritual development into your treatment plan. We believe that what you believe about God greatly influences your decisions, and we want to help you answer some of life’s tough questions as well as develop a greater understanding of God’s will for your life. Here are some other reasons Revival might be the right fit for you:
Support and Empathy from Others: It is much easier to open up and discuss issues in one’s life when there are others in the same situation. At Revival, you don’t have to go through it alone. Healing takes place when we are in relationship with others.
Location Says it All: An individual struggling with addiction needs to leave unsafe, toxic environments that may lead to relapse. Our comfortable and serene facility is designed to be a safe place for you no matter where you are at in your sobriety journey.
Rehab is more than a 30-90 day journey; it is a lifetime commitment to remain sober. To do this takes more than just wanting to stop a negative behavior. Making the decision to stay in recovery after treatment can be the start of the rest of your life as a clean and sober individual. Choose to heal in an environment where there are others just like you. At Revival, you will always be treated as an individual, not a failure.