Coming Back From A Relapse: How To Regroup After The Holidays

Written by Chloe Nicosia

What to Do When You are Coming Back from a Relapse

A relapse can be very discouraging, but the truth is many substance abusers relapse one or more times before they achieve long-term recovery. Admit what happened, and then get help to get right back on track with your recovery. Don’t let a relapse turn into depression and greater challenges. Contact Better Addiction Care and speak with a trained counselor. He or she will help you evaluate your current needs and get you connected to the right facility to get you back on track.

Coming Back From A Relapse

There are certain things you don’t want to do when coming back from a relapse. Too often people place the blame on themselves, and that is the wrong thing to do. Don’t do the following:

  • Don’t assign blame.
  • Don’t call yourself names such as loser or failure.
  • Don’t tell yourself you can’t recover.
  • Don’t give up on yourself.
  • Don’t slip into depression.

There are other things you should do immediately if you are coming back from a relapse. Do the following:

  • Do contact your sponsor and members of your support group.
  • Do remind yourself a relapse can be reversed quickly.
  • Do think positive and good thoughts about yourself.
  • Do everything you know will get you back on track.
  • Do call Better Addiction Care for the best advice on your next step.

A relapse is a mistake, and it’s one you must immediately forgive yourself for. You know you can overcome this temporary slip, and you must never think otherwise. Immediate response is the best option. If you wait one, two, or three days, you may feel too depressed to make the right choices. You have a support group for a reason, and they are there to help you when you need it most. Call everyone in your group. Listen to their advice and counsel. Get to a group meeting right away, and go every day while you are coming back from a relapse.

How To Deal With Relapse

Taking the right steps and choosing the best options are how to deal with relapse. You will learn from the mistakes you make, and discovering the one that contributed to your relapse is step one. Did you have a difficult emotional experience, such as a breakup or a family bereavement? While the experience itself does not cause a relapse, trying to deal with the stress it imparts may create a negativity that causes you to take a pill or pour a drink. Once you identify the cause of your relapse, you can build a defense against it happening again. Sharing it at therapy group meetings will provide support from others who may have dealt with a similar situation. You are never alone in recovery unless you choose to be.

Slip vs Relapse

What is the difference between a slip vs relapse? It’s important to understand that a relapse can occur if you take a drink when you are recovering from an opioid addiction or visa versa. The majority of addiction specialists classify a relapse as an intentional use of drugs or alcohol. Something has created a difficult stress or challenge and you choose to deal with it by using your previous abused substance. You knowingly make the choice understanding the consequences may result in a return to full-blown addiction. A slip, however, happens unexpectedly. You may be at a wedding reception and a glass of champagne is placed in your hand for a toast. You are embarrassed, flustered, and drink the champagne when the toast is given. This may or may not lead to more drinking during the event. Either way, you need to call your sponsor immediately.

Better Addiction Care counselors are available to talk to you twenty-four hours a day. Whether you have relapsed or only had a single pill or drink, they will connect you to the people who will get you back on your recovery track. Even if relapse is still a temptation, get help before it becomes a reality.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/therese-borchard/addiction-recovery—-7-w_b_517461.html

https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/04/03/7-strategies-to-help-you-recover-from-a-relapse/

http://www.ncdsv.org/images/Renew_ReturningFromRelapse_July-August2012.pdf