When you first got into treatment, the thought of never touching alcohol and drugs again was daunting. However, as the days went on, you progressed and before you knew it you were out in the “real world.” Life outside the safe haven of rehab might have seemed overwhelming again, but you went to meetings, met with your therapists, followed your aftercare treatment plan and worked on your recovery. But even when things seem to be going right, a relapse happens.
Trouble on the Horizon
Relapsing might take you by surprise, but the warning signs are clear and present. Avoid a relapse by learning the signs of when your recovery is in danger.
5 relapse warning signs:
- Thinking about the “good old days” when you used. If you are romancing the days of old when you used to use drugs and alcohol, you may be at risk for a relapse. Talking with your sponsor or another sober support can help you in a difficult time.
- Behaving selfish or self-centered. Focusing too much on yourself and what you need may lead you down a harmful path.
- Isolating and withdrawing from your support system. Having supportive people in your life is imperative to your recovery. If you are withdrawing from those supports, who will be there if you begin to struggle?
- Skipping meetings or sessions or not taking treatment or meetings seriously. A huge part of recovery is staying accountable to yourself. If you are blowing off meetings or other obligations, it could mean that you are not taking your recovery seriously.
- Emotions change drastically and unexpectedly. Having “emotional balance” in recovery is a major key to being able to deal with life on life’s terms.
Identifying these signs and taking the right steps to address the issue can get you back on track for your recovery.
Playing It Safe
When you are in a good place in your recovery, it’s understandable to be confident. It’s great to be confident and realize that recovery isn’t impossible. However, it’s just as important to keep yourself in check. Rely on your support system to let you know if you are veering off course and heading for an addiction relapse. Follow your aftercare plan, formulate and adhere to your relapse prevention plan, attend meetings and surround yourself with people who care about your recovery. Those are essential, even if you are doing well.
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