Why do I keep relapsing? (And what to do about it)

Why do I keep relapsing? (And what to do about it)

Authored by Pin Ng PhD

Edited by Hugh Soames

Reviewed by Philippa Gold

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  1. Title: Sex Addiction: Why Do I Keep Relapsing?
  2. Authored by Pin Ng PhD
  3. Edited by Hugh Soames
  4. Reviewed by Philippa Gold
  5. Why Do I Keep Relapsing?: At Worlds Best Rehab, we strive to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web so our readers can make informed decisions about their healthcare. Our reviewers specialize in addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare. We follow strict guidelines when fact-checking information and only use credible sources when citing statistics and medical information. Look for the reviewed badge Worlds Best Rehab on our articles for the most up-to-date and accurate information. If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate or out-of-date, please let us know via our Contact Page
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Why do I keep relapsing?

 

Full relapse, or the risk of relapsing into drugs and/or alcohol use is a part of the journey to full recovery. Addiction takes time to end and it may take several rehab experiences to finally overcome your addiction. There is a common misconception amongst people who have never been to rehab that just walking into a treatment center’s doors will magically heal you. Yet, a strong commitment and ongoing treatment is needed to deliver you to full-time sobriety.

 

Research has found that up to 60% of people that leave residential drug and alcohol rehab relapse in the first three months after ending their program. Going to rehab for a month’s worth of treatment doesn’t automatically “fix” you. Coping strategies are needed and attending rehab more than once may be needed to get these coping strategies to stick.

What are the reasons for relapsing?

 

There are multiple reasons for you relapsing on drugs and/or alcohol. It can be maddening to relapse after a long period of sobriety. Irresistible urges can occur out of nowhere. So, what are the reasons you may relapse on drugs and/or alcohol?

 

Stress

 

Stress and burnout is often the main reason people relapse. Many people struggle to cope with stress properly and immediately turn back to the substances that help them relax. Most people use drugs and/or alcohol to cope with the stresses of life. Stress may be caused by relationships, work, or family. Re-adjusting to life after rehab may also cause stress that leads to a relapse.

 

If you can learn to cope with stress in healthy ways, you give yourself the chance to continue your sobriety. Positive coping skills may include spending time outdoors, exercise, painting, writing, reading, and other activities that engage you physically and mentally.

 

Lack of Support in Addiction Recovery

 

You will need strong support system to aid your recover from addiction. Support networks are important to have in recovery and they can hold you accountable for your actions. Rehab and recovery are nearly impossible to accomplish alone. It is vital to have someone to turn to for help. Many of the individuals seeking treatment have burned bridges with friends and family. It is common for people to have damaged relationship that need mending. You may need to find a new support network with a sober coach or 12-step group post rehab. A support group could be the thing to keep you on the straight and narrow.

 

Undiagnosed Mental Health Disorders

 

There is always a root cause to addiction. Mental health issues are typically a root cause to addiction. Not all mental health issues are diagnosed. Issues such as anxiety and depression may go undiagnosed leading to your addiction issues. Even diagnosed mental health issues can lead to addiction and relapse.

 

Trouble Working with Rehab Program

 

All addictions are unique just like the people who suffer from the addiction. Your needed for treatment are different to the needs of others. You may not have clicked with a rehab program because it didn’t address your unique needs. You need to find a program that fits your needs, which could lower your chances of relapsing on drugs and/or alcohol.

What are the warning signs of a relapse?

 

There are several signs and symptoms that take place when a relapse is about to occur. If you know the signs of relapse, it will help you prevent falling back into addiction before it happens. It is important to use your support network, if you feel a relapse is about to happen. The symptoms may be overwhelming and the best solution could be voluntarily checking into a rehab center.

 

Relapse signs include:

 

  • An Increase in stress
  • Overconfidence during sobriety
  • Not keeping up with substance abuse treatment or aftercare guidelines
  • Changing your daily routine and getting out of good habits
  • Irrational decision-making
  • Changes in your social circle
  • Not putting sobriety first in your life

 

How to stop relapsing

 

The best way to stop a relapse before it occurs is to plan and prevent. These are two key components of long-term sobriety.  If you relapse, there are a few steps to take to prevent it from occurring again.

 

  • Change your treatment methods. If the recovery program you initially picked didn’t stick, it could be time to switch to a different one such as SMART recovery. Entering the same treatment program only to continue relapsing proves that you need a new method for recovery. There are several different methods to treat addiction. Try something new if the only methods aren’t working.

 

  • Check into inpatient rehab. It has been proven that long-term residential rehab helps people take sobriety more seriously. It has also been shown that residential rehab is more effective than outpatient care. If you remove yourself from the everyday life and the environments that created addiction by committing fully to treatment, you are more driven and motivated to stay clean and sober.

 

  • Surround yourself and reinforce yourself with positive support. A positive support system will help you stay on the straight and narrow. Positive support networks make you accountable to your actions.

 

Locating the reasons for your relapse is key to recovery. Identifying why you used allows for proper safeguards to be put in place to prevent further relapses. If the triggers that brought on your relapse are found, the same triggers can be eliminated for the future.

 

The more you know about our personal triggers and warning signs, the easier it may be to understand if a relapse is on the horizon. A relapse prevention plan could be an effective tool to ensure another relapse does not happen. You cannot guarantee a relapse won’t occur. It is very important to learn about the stages of addiction and how they can impact relapse and recovery.

 

However, you can put precautions in place to lower your risk of a relapse. Taking prompt action will address a relapse. This is the best way to treat falling back into the old traps of addiction. It is up to you to recognize that a relapse is serious and must be addressed immediately. Relapsing is not a failure, but each time you relapse, it provides the potential to fall back into destructive behaviors full-time.

Alexander Bentley is the Chairman & CEO of Remedy Wellbeing™ as well as the creator & pioneer behind Tripnotherapy™, embracing ‘NextGen’ psychedelic bio-pharmaceuticals to treat burnout, addiction, depression, anxiety and psychological unease.

Under his leadership as CEO, Remedy Wellbeing™ received the accolade of Overall Winner: Worlds Best Rehab 2022 by Worlds Best Rehab Magazine. Because of his incredible work, the clinic is the world’s first $1 million-plus exclusive rehab center providing an escape for individuals and families requiring absolute discretion such as Celebrities, Sportspeople, Executives, Royalty, Entrepreneurs and those subject to intense media scrutiny.

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Why do I keep relapsing? (And what to do about it)
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Research has found that up to 60% of people that leave residential drug and alcohol rehab relapse in the first three months after ending their program. Going to rehab for a month’s worth of treatment doesn’t automatically “fix” you. Coping strategies are needed and attending rehab more than once may be needed to get these coping strategies to stick.
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