Relapse is a scary concept to most people, mainly because they associate it with failure. Many believe that if you relapse, you are just not “strong enough” to complete rehabilitation or continue through your recovery journey. While relapse is something that most people want to avoid, understanding that if you do accidentally relapse, there is a lesson that can be learned from it and you can continue your journey stronger than ever. There are many steps that you can take to reduce your chances of relapse, however:
- Focus on your mindset. Stay aware of how you are perceiving yourself and your recovery. Too much confidence and extremely low self-esteem are warning sides that you may relapse soon. Keep yourself balanced.
- Educate yourself and keep your tools handy. Don’t forget the tools you’ve been learning in rehab. Keep a few of those tools mentally handy in case you need it. A 2015 study titled “Relapse Prevention and the Five Rules of Recovery” notes that relapses are comprised of three stages: emotional, mental, and physical. Learn more about these and how you can notice symptoms early so that you can seek help before you get to that point of relapsing.
- Rely on your support team. Call your meeting team leader. Call another peer who has been doing great in recovery. Develop a support system that you know will not lead you down the wrong path and keep their contact information at hand.
- Actively make decisions. Until it becomes easier, practice actively thinking with every decision you make. Identify whether that decision will lead you towards your goal of sobriety or if it could lead you elsewhere. Stay focused.
- Have patience. Be kind with yourself during this time of healing. Understand that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing by seeking help.
- Understand that what you’re going through is normal. Everyone goes through various stages throughout their recovery and what’s most important is that you learn to understand those feelings and express them in a healthy way.
Relapse and failure are not the same thing. Relapse is simply another opportunity for recovery. As humans, we can strive to do the best we can, but sometimes we fall short of our own expectations. If you’ve recently relapsed, learn to forgive yourself, understand the lesson behind it, and make the decision to move forward.
If you’re seeking a recovery center that can provide you with the tools that you need to overcome your addiction and other challenges, call us today at 888-316-3665. New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several mental health and addiction recovery treatment centers. We care about your success and want to be there with you every step of the way. Call us today for a consultation.