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The Way Forward After Relapse

Bouncing Back To Total Recovery

A relapse is normal during recovery. You can restart your journey of living drug-free in case you have relapsed.

Even if you are completely committed to stay drug-free and work tirelessly toward that goal, the risk of relapsing is real and can become a reality.

Many people experience feelings of shame and regret after a relapse has occurred. Rather than the continuous struggle against dependence and the temptation to reuse, one may opt to cave in.


Up to 60% of patients trying to recover have a relapse at some point on the process.


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. A better plan to complete rehabilitation can be formulated when one search intensively for the main determinant of the regression.


What Are The Reasons For Relapse

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.

You can overcome this feeling when you identify the factors that make you to be tempted.

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You can know if you are about to get off the track when:

  • Not Being Serious About Your Sobriety
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
  • Going for counselling sessions and registering with the 12-step programs is one sure way through which you can effectively recover from the addiction.
  • There's No Support System
  • The presence of a support system whether it is in the form of a reliable friend or your family makes or enhances your chances in recovering.
  • Finding a positive helpline is very crucial to your success.
  • You can engage in different activities and hobbies and even seek the guidance of your close relatives and friends as you try to recover.
  • You Should Want To Quit For Yourselves
  • Sometimes a person doesn't want to get sober but they may still be in the facility and attending the different addiction programs.
  • This underlying issue predisposes the patient to a much greater chance of relapse.
  • Being Unprepared For Life Post Treatment
  • 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.
  • Your recently found abstinence need precise detection of the initiators for its preservation.

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The Actions To Take After Relapse

A meticulous management plan is necessitated when there is regression to recurrent drug misuse.

More stress is placed on some treatment options like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with high yielding results when used with those with thought disorder, when rehabilitation is done again. There are several forms of therapy, which can be explored among the many treatment programs and include art and music therapy, yoga and relaxation techniques, physical fitness and even equine therapy.


You must decide if undergoing rehab is necessary or not. You probably don't need to undergo rehab in case it was a one-off slip and you are hundred percent committed to not let it happen again.

When you enter rehab after experiencing a relapse, stronger emphasis should be on helping you to smoothly transition back to real life. The first month after you have recovered, you need to be keeping the best company and maybe change the environment you are living in. After exiting from rehab, you need to have a plan already on how you are going to conduct your life.


Reach Out For Help That You Need

In case your gut feels that you are more likely to relapse post -rehab, it would be best to ask help from your counsellor or support group to address your situation. 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.