Reasons for & Avoiding Relapse

Committing to completely and thoroughly changing nearly every aspect of your life is no small task – in fact, attending an inpatient drug rehab is likely the most difficult experience you will ever undertake. Unfortunately for many of those who finally decide to enter a drug rehab after years of suffering at the hands of a devastating and life-threatening addiction, relapse occurs shortly after either leaving the program prematurely or graduating from the program without a comprehensive aftercare program in place. There are many reasons as to why relapse occurs, but several of the more common are listed below.

Common Reasons For Relapse

  • After drug rehab, a newly sober addict or alcoholic will return home, back to old friends, situations, and temptations. If one does not complete an extensive stay at a sober living facility or halfway house, the likelihood of relapse skyrockets.
  • Complacency is one of the most dangerous attitudes a newly sober addict may adopt. If things are going well, which they are bound to if the work is initially being put in, it is common for one to begin slipping up on meetings or other preventative measures. In most cases, this complacency will eventually lead to relapse.
  • If one undergoes a traumatic experience, such as the death of a loved one, after only maintaining sobriety for a short period of time, he or she may lack coping skills and be lead to drink or use.

Of course, there are many more reasons as to why one may decide to pick up again. However, most of the reasons involve some degree of lack of defenses. It is important to be strong in all defensive lines in order to fully protect yourself against vulnerability that may lead to relapse. Here are several components of a comprehensive resistance you will want to work on developing and strengthening.

  • A sober support group.
  • Healthy coping techniques (these can be honed by meditation and may include breathing exercises and ‘playing the tape forward’).
  • A homegroup and a schedule of daily 12-step fellowship meetings you can attend.
  • Continued one-on-one therapy sessions with an addiction specialist.
  • A job that is conducive to recovery.

Remember to prioritize your recovery above all else – for everything you put before sobriety you are bound to lose eventually. And remember – success is possible for anyone!

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