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The Way Forward After Relapse

Getting Back On Track To Recovery

A component of the rehabilitation system is regression. You can restart your journey of living drug-free in case you have relapsed.

Regardless of how diligently a recovery is pursued or the type of commitment you have for lifelong sobriety the chances of a relapse prevailing at some point remain present.

Feeling guilty after getting off track the recovery path is also common. The patient may feel defeated in his or her ordeal with recovery and decides to give in to the urge.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse has made an announcement that the relapse rates during the process of recovery are in the region of 40 to 60%.


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


Relapse And The Reasons For It

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. A brief episode of temptation which causes relapse is encountered by about 50% of people in rehabilitation.

Knowing some of the danger points can help you prevent a relapse.

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Some of these warning signals are:

  • Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
  • One may get tempted to go back and start using alcohol if they are not 100% willing to recover from the addiction.
  • Graduating from rehab is just half the job, the rest requires total control and effort to wake up sober every day.
  • Support group gathering attendance, devoted benefactor partnership and co-morbid psychiatric illnesses treatment are some of these.
  • Not Being In An Addiction Group
  • A strong support system is often the main difference between relapsing and continuing recovery unhindered.
  • Finding a positive helpline is very crucial to your success.
  • Work with someone that would hold you responsible for your actions, reflect on your situation and participate in sobriety group activities.
  • Not Wanting To Quit For Yourselves
  • Some patients were just talked out and forced to rehab without really having the clear intentions for themselves to get well.
  • 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.
  • Not Being Prepared 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.
  • A few factors like a broken household, bad companionship, loneliness and deleterious habits are to be noted as hindrances to abstinence.
  • You can keep up being sober if you identify these tempting factors.

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What Do I Do After Relapse

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.

Upon reaching a decision regarding the treatment you should provide deeper emphasis for the therapy and in particular, cognitive-behavioural therapy [CBT] which has proven successful in teaching recovering addicts new behavioural responses to distorted thinking. Artistry and songs can be used in treatment, resting techniques; exercises and horse psychotherapy are among the additional treatments.


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. It would also help if you have a plan or visual aids to remind you of your mission after leaving the treatment centre.


Get The Assistance You Require

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. Sign up to post-rehab care that matches all your needs in order to maintain the clean-living and achieve full recovery.