Quite common in recovery, a person with an addiction may relapse – the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that relapse should not be considered a failure, but rather a learning experience in which treatment should be altered or reinstated to help the person defend against their reason for relapsing and to learn more about their addiction. Most people think of addiction when it comes to relapse, but many do not consider that relapse also has a place in mental health.
Whether you have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or another mental condition, relapses are possible. Signs of a relapse can include:
- Changes in mood
- Losing your sense of humor
- Becoming tense, irritable, or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Retreating from social situations and neglecting social relationships
- Saying or doing irrational or inappropriate things
- Coming up with ideas that seem unbelievable or strange to others
- Neglecting personal care and hygiene
- Neglecting prescribed medication
- Dressing in unusual combinations of clothes
- Sleeping excessively or hardly at all
- Eating excessively or hardly at all
- Becoming increasingly suspicious or hostile
- Becoming especially sensitive to light or sounds
- Hearing voices or seeing things that others cannot see
If you recognize that you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to utilize your mental health tools and garner support immediately. This may mean seeing your family doctor regarding your medication, or it could mean relying on a trusted friend, partner or family member to help you through this. Do not criticize yourself if you do relapse. Do not engage in self-pity and aim to move forward with your recovery routine as soon as possible.
Relapse does not mean that you have failed in your journey to recovery, it simply means that you may need to learn more about your disorder and the symptoms of relapse. A variety of other causes could trigger a relapse, including: not taking medication appropriately, abusing substances, significant changes in sleeping or eating patterns, stress, lack of social support, stigma surrounding mental illness, and overall poor physical health. If you’re not already, consider joining a support group or treatment program if your condition is significantly affecting your day to day life. There are so many people out here who want to help you succeed.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment programs. If you are ready to begin your journey to recovery, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation.