Recognizing Drug and Alcohol Relapse Warning Signs for You and Your Loved Ones


Relapse, in relation to drug misuse, is resuming the use of a drug or a chemical substance after one or more periods of abstinence. The term is a landmark feature of both substance dependence and substance abuse, which are learned behaviors, and is maintained by neuronal adaptations that mediate learning and processing of various motivational stimuli.  Relapse can be a very difficult situation for the person who relapsed, their loved ones, and anyone who has helped them!  However, there are signs to watch out for to ensure that the person who is in recovery does not have a relapse!  Here is an article from giving some great information and advice!

Signs a Person Is on the Verge of a Relapse

  • Romanticizing or longing for the old days
  • Believing you are strong enough to use again without falling back into addiction
  • Starting to reconnect with old friends from your addiction days
  • Becoming defensive and no longer able to accept constructive criticism
  • Beginning the pattern of denial that was present during the addiction
  • Changes in attitude or behavior
  • Sudden feelings of depression and loneliness
  • Breaking down of social relationships
  • Beginning to feel extremely stressed out and constantly tense
  • Resenting those who are trying to help
  • Withdrawal symptoms suddenly start to reappear
  • Loss of belief in addiction recovery program

A Relapse Doesn’t Equal Failure

The truth is that relapses are common for people attempting to recover from drug or alcohol addictions. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 60 percent of all recovering addicts experience a relapse at some point in their lives, and this rate is basically equal to the relapse rate of those with other chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. While relapses are not unavoidable, just because you start using again doesn’t mean that you’re a hopeless case.


Ways to Prevent Addiction Relapse

By getting a patient to understand why they abuse drugs or alcohol, cognitive behavioral therapy can then be used to allow a person to begin to make changes in their lifestyle, as well as their attitude and behavior toward drugs. Finally, it then gives the recovering addict the tools and social skills to help them better cope with stressful situations or environments where they may be tempted to start using again.

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Please do not feel like it your fault that you have or someone else have relapsed!!!  Please contact someone at Bridgeway Behavioral Health by visiting our site or give us a call at 866-758-1152.

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