Overcoming an addiction is the first step to a life-long road of recovery. Even when someone has been clean for a while, one weak moment can send the person back into addictive behavior again. Keep in mind that addiction is a disease. So, sober living requires ongoing management and care.
Steps that Lead to Relapse
In most cases, relapse doesn’t happen in an instant. Usually, there are experiences and choices that develop over time. Family members and friends need to understand these signs so that they can offer the support that is needed to help the person avoid the addictive behavior. It is important for the person with the addiction to also recognize the signs so that they can manage their thoughts and focus in the right direction.
Usually, emotional changes happen first. A person might seem moody, depressed, or anxious. Emotional unrest sets the stage that increases the likelihood that someone will escape back into an addiction. Catching the pattern in this phase is the best way to prevent a relapse.
Next, the person starts to think about the drug or alcohol use. These thoughts usually start small; then they evolve to obsession. If you are a recovered addict and you have these thoughts, the best thing that you can do is break the silence to your therapist or a trusted friend or family member.
Once a person becomes fixated on the drug or alcohol use, it is hard to stop the behavior at that point. A pattern interrupt can help to redirect the thoughts and behaviors. It is essential that the person has specific tools and strategies that can be implemented at this point to help the person stay on track.
Life Changes for Future Success
In addition to recognizing the steps that lead to relapse, you also need to look for options to make big life changes. Eliminate the triggers that might lead back to the addiction. Stop associating with friends who use drugs or alcohol. Participate in active treatments, even if it is just an occasional check-in when you feel good.
At The Center for Life, we offer the ongoing support that you need. Our treatments are focused on breaking the addiction first. Then, we guide people to prevent relapse so that they can maintain a healthy life. Call to learn more: (951) 775-4000