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Am I Heading Toward A Relapse?

Relapse is a frightening chain of events that anyone in recovery can experience. No one is immune to relapse, but if you stay on top of your recovery and always make it a priority, you greatly reduce your chances of falling in the trap of drinking or using again. The act of picking up a chemical is considered the end of the relapse, because it is a process that happens long before you get drunk or high. Always be on your guard, and pay attention if any of the following signs apply to your behavior and thinking:

  1. Meeting Attendance Drops – This is the most common offender. If you find that you are picking meetings apart, finding excuses to not go, and are seeing the differences rather than the similarities between you and your peers, beware.
  2. Romanticizing the Past – If you start thinking, ‘It wasn’t that bad,’ then you are in trouble. The disease blurs our memories of how bad our drinking or drug use was, and makes you romanticize the chemical by thinking of past use fondly.
  3. Contacting Old Friends – Reaching out to people who you used drugs or drank with is dangerous. If you think that you’re just rehashing old times, you aren’t. Stick with the winners.
  4. Thinking that You Are Cured or Normal – Addiction can be treated, not cured. Thinking that having “just one” wouldn’t hurt, or that all of your sober time fixed your problem, could kill you.
  5. Acting Out – The term, “dry drunk” refers to the behavior of an abstinent alcoholic  that is synonymous with their behavior when they were in active addiction. Moodiness, anger, resentment, and selfishness are prime examples of a dry drunk.
  6. Stopped Working Your Program – When someone stops doing the things that kept them grounded, it is imperative to buckle down and do whatever it takes to stay sober.
  7. Defensiveness –  Responding defensively to concerned friends’ comments on the person’s behavioral changes may also be a warning sign that there is trouble on the horizon.




If you are struggling with addiction, or you have relapsed, call the Serenity Recovery Center. Our detox is designed to help you heal in comfort and peace. You are not alone in this. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Your life can change, and you can recover. Call now.