Signs of Relapse and What to Do
Whether a person has been sober for 90 days or 9 years, relapse is always a risk. This is because the factors that helped perpetuate addiction, such as certain thought patterns or behaviors, don’t vanish.
A person needs to work daily to overcome these challenges. Even after years of sustained sobriety, unfortunately, relapse can happen. At Banyan Detox Boca Raton, we help patients find sobriety with our treatment and detox programs in Boca. We understand common signs of relapse, and we know how to help patients work to avoid relapse. Here are four common signs of a relapse:
- Increased cravings. More frequent or intense cravings may mean that a person is at risk of relapse. These cravings can be physical or emotional, and they may not always be associated with triggers. However, with proper treatment from rehab and Boca Raton detox programs, those who are ready to get and stay sober can learn how to fight these cravings.
- Romanticizing the past. Looking back on past drug or alcohol use with rose tinted glasses can spell bad news for sustained sobriety. Far too many people romanticize drug use, only focusing on the euphoria or other effects of the drugs. If an individual is beginning to think this way, they are setting themselves up for increased risks of relapse.
- Reconnecting with old friends who use. New friendships with sober friends can help a person sustain their sobriety. In the same token, rekindling friendships with those who use will encourage relapse. Going back to the same events, friends, and situations where a person used may set the stage for increased likelihood of relapse.
- Cessation of daily sobriety support. Many people think that once they finish treatment and Boca Raton detox programs, they don’t have to work on sustained sobriety. However, it’s important to meet with your sponsor regularly, contact your support systems daily, and stay within the recovery community. Without this support, it is all too easy to fall into relapse. If a person suddenly stops going to meetings or calling their sponsor, it’s time to get them help.
What to Do About Signs of Relapse
If you spot these signs of relapse, it’s important to reach out for help. For a loved one, you can connect them with treatment resources. If you’re struggling with relapse risks yourself, it’s important to reconnect with your support systems. Reach out to your sponsor, family, and friends. They will all be happy to help you with your recovery.