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What Happens If I Relapse

Returning To The Withdrawal Process

The road to compete withdrawal from drugs is faced with many challenges and relapsing is one of it. In order to attain abstinence after one has regressed, several actions can be taken.

Relapse gets even the most committed and focused patient on their way to recovery.

Feeling guilty after getting off track the recovery path is also common. Some people can even stop the recovery process because they get overwhelmed by guilt when they relapse.


National Institute on Drug Abuse pegs relapse around 40% to 60% among recovering patients.


You can however turn this occurrence around: Recognize the factors that caused you to relapse is one effective way of getting back to your recovery. The next phase of recovery will be efficient when you identify these factors.


Why Did The Relapse Happen

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.

Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.

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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.
  • Regular appointments with the counsellor and/or attendance to the 12-step sessions are few options that would keep you on track.
  • 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.
  • You Should Want To Quit For Yourselves
  • Many cases have been noted where the individual joins the treatment program because he or she is trying to please their family members or friends but do not have a commitment for quitting for themselves.
  • 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.
  • Overwhelmed With Post-Rehab Life
  • In order for smooth changeover into normal life after rehabilitation, formulation of a good regression avoidance strategy is useful.
  • Sabotaging sobriety is not difficult, but it is crucial to understand that matters like dysfunctional family dynamics, toxic friendship, social isolation and unhealthy daily routines can all affect the sobriety of an individual.
  • If you intend to protect your newfound sobriety, you must be in a position clearly to identify the triggers which can cause a relapse.

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I Relapsed So Now What

Unfortunately, you may find the need to get back into a strict treatment program if you have fallen back into a continued pattern of substance abuse.

When you undergo rehab again, you are likely to be asked to join cognitive behavioural therapy to address the root causes of relapse and to equip you with strategies to manage triggers in a positive manner in future. Many other therapies like meditation and yoga, fitness classes, and music and art therapy are there in many de-addiction facilities.


Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment or not. Sometimes you don't have to check back to a rehab if you had gone back to using alcohol.

Your target should always to fully recover after the whole process. Admission into conducive surroundings where one can be held responsible and answerable, in the initial periods when one is more prone to regression, is the finest choice. Anticipation of sustenance of management by regular clinic visitation after discharge is helpful.


Get The Assistance You Require

If you have already been through the treatment and are struggling with the potential or the reality of a relapse, help is certainly available. Join a de-addiction program that can help you live a sober life.