What If I Relapse After Addiction Treatment?
Since relapse is a chronic condition, there’s always the possibility of relapse even after an otherwise successful treatment program. The rate of relapse varies based on the substance involved. Relapse rates for alcoholics, for instance, can range from 30 to 70 percent. Some recovering addicts have underlying psychological disorders that can contribute to a relapse.
Contributing drug relapse factors may also include:
- Social pressures (or being encouraged by enablers)
- Easy access to the addictive substance
- Stress at home or on the job
What to Do If a Relapse Occurs
If a relapse does happen, it doesn’t mean that the initial recovery was a failure – it just means that recovery isn’t complete yet. While it’s understandable to feel ashamed or embarrassed following the return to previous habits, this shouldn’t be a hindrance to seeking further assistance. While a relapse doesn’t always require re-admittance, it often includes a comprehensive evaluation to determine what triggered it. If you do experience a relapse, the following steps can taken:
Realize that you are not going to judged if you return to an inpatient facility following treatment. Relapse is not unique to you and can happen to anyone recovering from a pattern of addiction and substance abuse. The key to avoiding relapse is successful management of addiction. If relapse does happen, it should be viewed as a temporary detour on the road to recovery.