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Relapse Understanding

To understand what relapse is, one must understand addiction.  The intent to use drugs and alcohol can begin for various reasons.  Once a person begins using substances the mind and body crave the rewarding feeling.  Continuing to use drugs and alcohol will build a tolerance and more are consumed to increase the euphoria.  The individual can find treatment and begin to regain control of personal emotions and life. Transitioning back to society is when the true test begins.  Treatment has taught the individual how to rebuild a new life for themselves. Practicing the lessons in day to day life is another story.

Graduation from Treatment

After graduation, the person in recovery has to establish a healthy foundation to continue moving forward.  Choosing housing, career, and sober friends can be stressful. Creating a new world is nerve-racking. People from previous days can be judgemental, or the individual will be paranoid about judgment.  The emotional rollercoaster builds on more stress. Family connections and relationships also need attention. Facing the tension with loved ones can be relieving as well as difficult. Attending meetings and 12 step programs need to be scheduled.  With a large family, scheduling can also become frustrating. With all of the challenges after graduation, relapse is a possible risk.


To use substances after being sober for an extended amount of time is called relapse.  Emotional relapse will also affect recovery. Allowing emotions and stress to creep in and take control will raise the risk of a full-on relapse.  Thankfully, treatment has provided the individual with the tools to handle the situation. Whether the person in recovery slips one day or succumbs to another longterm use, help is available.  A few steps to take is to first, admit the mistake, second, commit to a short-term goal, and third, connect to the spirit or spirituality. Reviewing the 12 steps will also help bounce back from a relapse.  Getting an appointment set with a therapist will aid in reclaiming control again.

Coping Skills and Lessons Learned

Acknowledging the relapse and understanding what to do is how a person in recovery can overcome the hurdles.  The tricks and techniques used to handle emotional struggle, cravings, and distractions are coping skills. When a person in recovery has difficult events or stressors and emotions are too high, coping skills are used to avoid chaos, panic attacks, and drug use.  The techniques include reading, writing, music, art, physical activity, spiritual findings, hobbies, etc. Any activity which the individual finds helpful or to build a talent can be used to be a positive coping technique.

Relapse can be avoided with the right Alumni Program.  Call Resilient House to find the tools you need to succeed.  833-change1 (833-242-6431)