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There are 4 Types of Relapse: Tips to Identify and Avoid Them

There are 4 Types of Relapse: Tips to Identify and Avoid Them

Many people struggle with addiction and dependence to drugs and alcohol. In sobriety, it is hard to get focused if triggers and people in your life are making it more difficult. Relapse is a very real reality for people in any stage of recovery. Here are some tips to try if you want to find a way of avoiding relapse.

Root of Relapse

Negativity is a surefire way to give your recovery the boot. It wears down your defenses and kills your willpower, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. The perfect condition for relapse exists when, in your mind, you think you can just have ‘one more’ or it won’t be so bad if you let yourself ‘go there’ in your mind for a little while. The roots of relapse can include:

  • Perfectionism Relapse. Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself can do more harm than good. If you can’t live up to your own standards, you are really in trouble. The inability to live up to the standards creates feelings of inadequacy and feelings you may never succeed in sobriety (or in life).
  • Everything Else Distraction. There is no shortage of distraction when you are in recovery. There are so many things that vie for your attention and time. Denial and avoidance can quickly lead to relapse if you are not diligent in noticing when your attention has strayed from recovery.
  • Overwhelmed Relapse. It is possible to lose important decision-making skills and forget what it means to live a ‘normal life.’ The thought of starting over may be overwhelming. The thought of trying to keep it all together can be overwhelming, but whatever it is that feels particularly hard can quickly derail recovery in an instant.
  • Social Pressure Relapse. There is good reason to avoid people, places, and things from your past. If you go back to those ways, they will break down your walls, discipline and focus that can cause you to revert back to old patterns and behaviors.

Get on Track

It is not uncommon to relapse but nothing says you have to be one of them. The fact is that life is hard. Just because you’re sober does not mean the hard days disappear. Regardless of who you are or where you live, there will always be stresses, struggles, and setbacks. The key to successful recovery is identifying your emotions and triggers. When you know where they come from, you can post a full frontal assault on them before they take you down. Don’t isolate yourself from fears and anxieties. If you find yourself struggling in sobriety, you can find your way back before relapse happens. If it happens, it is not too late to turn things around and seek help. Just reach out to those who know you best and ask for help getting back on your feet. There is no shame in asking for help, even after relapse has happened.

You might feel ashamed or afraid if you fall into a relapse situation. You might even be ashamed of having those thoughts in the first place. The key is to find a way that supports recovery from addiction for you and helps you get clean and sober. Whether it is good friends, community, recovery groups, or something else, we will help you restart your journey and get you on the right path again. If you are struggling to get sober, we are here for you. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401