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The 3 Types of Relapse and How to Prevent Them

In prison, it is possible to meet many people who share histories of substance abuse. Relapse is incredibly common, but that does not make it any less challenging. Learn about some of the factors influencing relapse and what they share in common.

Perfectionism Relapse

Constant waves of negativity can quickly wear down your defenses and take away willpower. Relapse that occurs as a result of a perfectionist mindset can stem from:

  • Setting high expectations for yourself which can do more harm than good
  • Feeling like you can’t meet your own standards of perfection
  • Feeling inadequate and unable to succeed in sobriety

Overwhelmed Relapse

The feeling overwhelmed relapse occurrence is common because recovery is hard work. It takes everything you have most days just to get out of bed, eat, and take care of your needs (much less stay clean). Some of the challenges also stem from:

  • Loss of important decision-making skills
  • Forgetting how to live a normal life
  • Worries about starting over that can become paralyzing

Social Pressure Relapse

Recovery can feel like a ticking bomb, where addiction can set off at any time. Triggers, cravings, and old habits still haunt your daily life that first several weeks, even months of recovery. Social pressure can also be stressful, as well as:

  • A desire to connect with old friends and loved ones
  • Wanting to continue living the life you had before, just sober
  • Pressure to do what others are doing which can lead you back into old circles of people and habits

Get Back on Track

It is not uncommon to relapse, so if it happens, you are not alone. Life is hard, sober or not. Regardless of who you are or where you live, there will always be stresses, struggles, and unexpected setbacks along the way. The key to successful recovery is to not let that keep you from the life you want. It is important to ignore your desire to isolate and be brave enough to reach out to someone who can help you talk through those thoughts and fears.

If you bury your feelings, it will likely result in a return to substance abuse. That’s why it’s so important to ignore your desire to isolate. Be brave and reach out to someone, like a therapist or a support group, who can help you talk through your thoughts and fears.

If you’ve relapsed, don’t be too hard on yourself. Use it as a learning experience and as an example of what not to do the next time.

Additional Reading: 5 Warning Signs of a Relapse…and How to Respond

Don’t sell yourself short in recovery. If it’s music, exercise, or other forms of self-care you need, don’t be afraid to take advantage of it. Take what you need so you can be better for yourself and your family.  Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. We will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964