Are you or someone you know on the journey to recovering from addiction?
It’s a tough road, but it’s important to remember that relapse is a regular and often likely part of recovery.
But what exactly does relapse mean for a recovering addict?
You will learn more about relapses, their potential causes, and how to minimize the risk of relapsing and stay on track toward long-term recovery.
Relapse is a regular and often expected part of the recovery process. It is a return to substance use after abstinence or sobriety. Research suggests that between 40% and 60% of patients in recovery will experience at least one relapse.
Relapse can occur anytime during your recovery journey, from early to late into sobriety.
Relapse is not failure but rather an opportunity to learn and grow in recovery.
Addiction affects your brain’s reward system and impairs decision-making, making resisting cravings and temptation challenging.
A variety of factors often trigger a relapse. Some common triggers include;
If you have already started your road to recovery, relapse can have significant emotional and psychological effects on you.
When you relapse on recovery, you might experience the following;
While we can view relapse as a setback in recovery, it does not necessarily mean you cannot achieve long-term sobriety. With the proper support and tools, it is possible to learn from the relapse and continue on the path of recovery.
If you have already experienced a relapse, seeking support and guidance is essential to help you get back on track. Here are some tips for coping with relapse:
Relapse is a common and often frustrating experience in recovery. However, it’s important to remember that relapse does not have to be the end of the road. With the right tools and support, learning from a relapse and continuing on the path to long-term sobriety is possible. Understanding relapse’s potential triggers and impact, seeking professional help and support, and developing healthy coping strategies, you can navigate setbacks and achieve lasting success.