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What Happens If I Relapse

Making A Comeback To Recovery

A component of the rehabilitation system is regression. You can still stop using the drug or alcohol even after you have relapsed.

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

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.


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. 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

This is one incident that is usually very disappointing when it occurs. A brief episode of temptation which causes relapse is encountered by about 50% of people in rehabilitation.

Prevention of this is possible with the awareness of the warning signals.

To get the appropriate management, contact our physicians immediately on Phone.


The following signs can indicate a relapse is just round the corner:

  • Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
  • Regression is more probable when there is no strong devotion to maintaining abstinence for a prolonged duration.
  • It takes courage and dedication to actually get over an addiction.
  • Going for counselling sessions and registering with the 12-step programs is one sure way through which you can effectively recover from the addiction.
  • Lack Of Social Backing
  • A sober individual who has recently completed his or her recovery program to have a solid support network from the very onset because this can prove to be the difference between continued recovery or relapsing back into addiction.
  • Finding a positive helpline is very crucial to your success.
  • Requesting your family members to keep you accountable, seeking spiritual guidance through meditation or religion and joining sober group activities also prove helpful.
  • Not Wanting 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.
  • The lower the commitment of a user to give up drugs or alcohol, the higher the chances of relapse.
  • Overwhelmed With Post-Rehab Life
  • It always helps to have a plan or a roadmap on how to go about daily when you will have left rehab and make the transition.
  • 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.
  • The ability to immediately recognize a trigger can mean relapse and live another day of being sober.

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What Do I Do After Relapse

In cases where one dose led to another and perhaps that succeeding dose led to another dose, then that sounds like you are back to your old habit.

The second time may need you to be put in some of the effective treatment programs such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) so that you can fully recover without relapsing again. Artistry and songs can be used in treatment, resting techniques; exercises and horse psychotherapy are among the additional treatments.


It is important to know if you need to go back to inpatient care in cases where you slipped. 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. 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 prove to be a great advantage if you are prepared with an outpatient plan for continued therapy even after you have left the chosen treatment plan.


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. You should get yourselves enrolled in a treatment program that suits your requirements the best and one which can help you reach sustained sobriety.