Recognizing the signs of relapse is the best way to avoid relapse. It can be tempting to overlook the signs of relapse in an effort to keep a positive attitude, but this won’t help you stay sober in the long run. When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, there is no cure. You will always be at a heightened risk of using. Yet, it is easy to remain grateful and focused if you invest the time and energy into ongoing relapse prevention. At Recovery Bay Center, our aftercare program can help you do this.
What Are the Signs of a Relapse to Look Out for in Yourself?
It can be hard to notice the signs of a potential relapse in some situations. The key is to know that there are going to be times when your stress rises and life gets hard. These are the times when it is most important for you to take the time to care for yourself and push harder for sober living. Some of the most common signs of relapse include:
- Forgetting the consequences of addiction
- Thinking about using drugs or alcohol
- Reconciling in your mind that it’s somehow okay to use
- Thinking positively about experiences of using
- Struggling with negative thoughts more frequently
- Facing instances of increasing stress and looking for relief
Looking for signs of relapse in a loved one should not involve threats, accusations, or insults. If you have a loved one with substance use disorder, it is important to keep communication lines open. If you notice something that seems suspicious, ask your loved one about it in a way that shows your love, concern, and experience. People with substance use disorder often understand–and feel guilty–about how their disorder affects their family members. They will understand that you have a right to speak up if you’re concerned. A few signs of a potential relapse include:
- Pervasive sleep issues
- Mood swings
If you notice any of these things, bring it up with your loved one. A sober person might be a little annoyed, but they will understand your concern. A person who has relapsed–or is likely to relapse–might respond by yelling or storming off.
Preventing Relapse Starts In Treatment
Relapse prevention is an essential component of treatment for drug and alcohol use disorder. During treatment at Recovery Bay, you will work with your therapist to develop an aftercare plan. It is also something you’ll need to work on for years to come. Having a good sober network is an important part of relapse prevention.
Finding the Right Type of Help for All of Your Needs
When you work with our team, you’ll learn more about the signs of relapse as well as strategies for relapse prevention. You will also find yourself empowered by the tools we can offer to you as a part of the therapy programs we provide. Take that first step by learning more about the programs we offer, including:
- Medical detox services
- Residential treatment programs
- Medication-assisted therapy
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy program
Your goal is to heal. Our goal is to give you the tools to achieve that and to ensure you can continue with sober living.
Worried About Relapse? Call Recovery Bay
If you see the signs of relapse in yourself or a loved one, now is the time to take action to get help. At Recovery Bay Center, we offer support to help families heal. Our goal is to provide relapse prevention so you can continue enjoying sober living for years to come. To learn more about how we can help you, call our team at 833.991.2955 or reach out online.