Relapse. It’s a dreadful place to be in. Maybe you had hoped that you would never get to this place, or maybe you assumed you would. Either way, it does not matter. You do not have to stay there for long. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. This does not mark the end of your recovery journey just because you had a lapse in judgment. Recovering from relapse may seem arduous for the uninitiated, but what if we told you that it doesn’t have to be? North Jersey Rehabs sympathizes with you, and will guide you through these treacherous times, regardless of the bumps in the road.
Relapse after a sustained period of sobriety is more common than people assume. About half of all recovering addicts experience a temporary moment of weakness that results in turning back to drugs or alcohol, once again. Being cognizant of the red flags can help you avoid this.
Signs that are indicative of an imminent relapse include but are not limited to:
Whether we care to admit it openly or not, we all need to maintain our support system of friends and family. Having this will make it easier to focus on healing. They will provide a stable foundation and encourage discipline and compassion, every step of the way.
Recovering from relapse will leave you with many questions and trepidations, because there are certainly different avenues you can take in terms of “next steps.” Suppose this was an isolated incident, and you are fully committed to adjusting your recovery care plan, it may not be necessary to go back to an inpatient facility–of course, this varies from person to person. Here are some things you can implement to help in turning your life around and achieving your sobriety goals.
Instead of viewing the slip-up as a step backwards, think of it as a progression that will further propel you down the path to recovery. A variety of patients lapse or relapse, and if you think of every attempt as a means of getting closer to the end goal— essentially, a lesson in your cumulative recovery learning. All in all, this setback won’t be in vain.
The decision to return to treatment will depend on the severity of your lapse and the circumstances that surround it. If the relapse occurred within a few hours or a few days, you might be able to veer back to your recovery path, pretty seamlessly. Alternatively, if you went on a several-week bender, another round of treatment will most likely be necessary. The tale of addiction looks different for everyone, the same is true for recovery. North Jersey Rehabs offers an outpatient program for patients who do not wish to stay in a facility overnight. We must reiterate though, while this is a viable choice for some, it might not be for others. Thankfully, treatment varies in its offerings.
As touched on earlier, this step can be tough, but it’s one that is needed. We understand that some hesitation could apply more so for those who have hurt their family and friends, because of their addictions. Family and friends are always willing to overlook the trials and tribulations of the past, for as long as you stay committed to their support and your goals. When it comes time to approach them, do so honestly and make sure that you can hold up your end of the bargain in staying accountable.
If you would like to learn more about creating a relapse prevention plan and discussing what else could be done to keep you grounded, contact us at North Jersey Rehabs. Recovering from relapse is made easier when working alongside our team of professionals.
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