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How Do I Break Down the Revolving Door of Addiction Rehab and Relapse?

How Do I Break Down the Revolving Door of Addiction Rehab and Relapse?

Addiction relapse can happen to anyone at any time in recovery. Breaking down that revolving door of addiction and relapse can feel challenging, even with the support of friends and family. Part of the challenge is figuring out what triggered relapse to support better recovery. This can take time (and multiple attempts) to get clean for good. Find out some tips for ways to break the revolving door and empower yourself to heal.

Relapse Happens

People are all over the map when it comes to recovering from addiction. It can happen once, twice, or multiple times before recovery finally ‘sticks.’ Rehab is the best way to experience working through recovery but it can take lots of professional and personal support to get there. You may even spend lots of money attempting to get healthy before it finally happens.

Breaking the Stronghold

Addiction is one of the most challenging things to overcome. Everyone has hope to stop for good but it does not happen overnight, and it cannot happen without finally being ready. A chemically dependent brain is like a deeply ingrained neurological super highway with a few off ramps. Drugs and alcohol alter the brain’s normal chemical rhythm, elevating activity in pleasure and reward centers which reduce inhibition. Permanent changes in the brain can happen which alter the way a person thinks and behaves. Many obstacles occur in a person’s life who wrestles with addiction. It is often underestimated how hard it is to get (and stay) clean. The first attempt may not stick for many reasons, including:

  • Lack of support
  • Exposure to triggers in the environment
  • Returning to same group of friends
  • Not attending meetings continually
  • Being around enablers
  • Tricking yourself into thinking you can have ‘just one more drink’ or use one more time and it won’t be a big deal

There are many reasons why rehab fails but people need to be aware of the fact that healing can happen.

What it Takes

The odds may seem stacked against long-term sobriety, but with the right circumstances a person can heal from addiction. The following are some tips for successful recovery:

  • Start safely: detox is the first step, weaning off substances, then getting help for withdrawal symptoms
  • Lots of support: cultivating healthy relationships with people who will support success, including sober friends and family
  • Choosing a program: the right program will offer professionals certified to treat addiction and offer social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and others who provide a holistic approach to recovery
  • Avoid triggers: you will need time to build the coping skills to resist temptation
  • Manage expectations: recovery is a lifelong journey. You will need to offer forgiveness to yourself and manage expectations for how it will look

Even with all these in place, relapse can happen. The best thing you can do is offer yourself forgiveness and practice gratitude for the opportunity to get back up and try again, this time with a mindset focused on finding the right program and people to support your recovery. This, along with a mindset ready to take on recovery will help you be more successful.

Recovery is a journey and it takes time to adjust to being sober. 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: 866-294-9401