5 Strategies to Deal with Relapse During Recovery
So you or your loved one relapsed after being in an addiction recovery program. Now what? Should your loved one feel shame when it happens? No. Must you immediately go back to treatment? Most likely not. Does this mean all the tough work in sobriety was a total waste? Absolutely not. A relapse is only a setback from a period of improvement; not a failure. Here are important tips to remember and practice after dealing with a relapse.
- Understand what a relapse is and why it happened. A relapse is a setback, not a failure, and you can still go forward. And remember, a relapse tends to happen way before the alcohol or drug is consumed. Knowing and understanding your emotional responses and thought patterns before the drug or alcohol use even occurs will be a good indication of how to prevent a relapse in the future.
- Understand what triggered the relapse. Was the relapse triggered by a fight? An anniversary of a loved one’s death? A social gathering? Loneliness? An illness? All of the above? Whatever it was, establish your triggers so you can create strategies to manage them.
- Find stability. Get stable as soon as you can. Depending upon the drug and type of relapse, a medical detox might be necessary. Make sure you are properly assessed by a healthcare professional.
- Lose the guilt and shame. Taking responsibility for the slip-up and not blaming anyone else during this process is a healthy step in rebounding from relapse, but forgiving yourself and losing any shame from the incident is crucial. Recovery is a life-long journey and we all make mistakes.
- Find a positive, sober network. Those not in recovery usually don’t understand what you are going through and may judge your relapse. Meeting with your sponsor or a strong network such as an AA or NA group can be the key in helping you recover from a relapse successfully and continue on your journey in sobriety.
Treatment for Addiction
Several factors can cause someone in recovery to relapse. However, having a plan in place and a support system when this occurs can get you back on the road to recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get the help and support you need today. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Treatment is available and can be tailored to your specific needs. Do not be afraid to ask for help. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and there is hope in recovery. At Daylight Recovery Services, we provide personalized treatment to meet each client’s unique needs. Contact us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT to speak with one of our recovery experts.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau