Chronic relapse can happen to anyone that is trying to escape the throws of substance abuse. Some statistics say that the drug/alcohol addiction relapse rate is somewhere around 70%. From my experience I would agree. However, you must realize that you are a unique individual. If you look at statistics you will fail for sure. You want to focus on not being another one of those statistics. I have been clean for over 3 years now and I NEVER would have thought that 4 years ago. Remember, It’s up to you to succeed. Yes, there are support systems out there and you will need them, but the decision to start comes from you. So what we learned here already is that:
1.The addiction relapse rate is very high.
2. You need to not focus on the numbers and get in the mind-set that will be good to start dealing with relapse.
What Is A Good Recovery Process
Let’s start with your mind-set as mentioned above. You need to be in a comfortable and stress free environment. This is important because, it is known that these factors almost always will trigger an early addiction relapse. Doctors call this an emotional relapse. I know when I was in the beginning phase of recovery my emotional state was not stable. I would lash out and already be on edge, so it was important to have a relaxed and stable environment.
People, Places, And Things
So, we know that we want a stable and relaxed environment. What about visitors? You or the loved one that is being treated is not going to like this but, unhealthy visitors are out of the question. This, in my opinion, is the single most important factor in having a successful recovery from addiction and preventing relapse. If you want to be in the percentage of people who do not fall into chronic relapse, you have to avoid, at all costs, anyone from your using circle. That means anyone that is getting high or gets high. To me this is common sense, but a lot of folks don’t get this or simply ignore the advice. It is one of the biggest reasons why I was able to succeed at recovering. To be honest, I had to move to another state. Now I realize moving may not be an option for most people, but what if you could stay at grandma’s or a step parent? Even a brother or sister’s place as long as you’re away from people, places, and things. Now, I’ve gone over the people part of this equation. Now let’s talk about places and things. It’s real simple. The addict must stay away from drug paraphernalia and/or anything that relates to using drugs. And by keeping away from the people we mentioned a little earlier, we should already be away from places too. It’s important to keep away from all of these things because they can trigger what doctors call a mental relapse. A mental relapse involves fantasizing about using, glamorizing past use, or even planning a relapse around other people’s schedule. These thoughts will most likely pop up from time to time anyway, so the last thing you need is some one, some thing, or some place to remind you about it. I really can’t stress this enough! Your recovery will not happen if you don’t follow these concepts. Trust me I thought I could, and I’ll save you the trouble…. It will not work! I can tell you that it was so much easier to follow the plan I just laid out. I swear by this concept and it is honestly the most effective way of preventing relapse!
Getting Through Hurdles
Dealing With Relapse
Dealing with relapse can be both a little tricky and certainly frustrating. This is a process with a lot of ups and downs, but the longer you are clean the easier it gets. It’s important to remember how bad things were when you were using. Try and train yourself to remember the bad things that went along with the substance abuse. If you get a strong urge to use or relapse, I suggest waiting it out. That has worked every time for me and a lot of people who I come across. The rule is to wait 30 minuets. While your waiting start a project, read a book, get on the Internet, or watch TV. Those things always worked for me . After the time went by, I found that the urge went away. I hope that this was helpful and wish everyone good luck. Keep up the great work and be strong! One other thought as you leave this page. I would like to introduce you to another train of thought. Relapse is Not Part of Recovery! Don’t get into that logic, because it WILL cause you to fail. It is another way for your disease to try to take back control.