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What is relapse?

A drug relapse occurs when the cravings to use drugs returns and overwhelms the recovering addict so much that they resume their drug use habit. Drug relapse occurs after chemical substances have been cleared from the body, but the desire to use has not sufficiently dissipated or the individual has not been trained to understand triggers and methods of prevention.

5 Top Relapse Triggers

When it comes to drug relapse triggers, these differ from person to person. Triggers take many forms and include people, places and memories such as listening to certain types of music or via an olfactory activator. The following represent five of the most common drug relapse triggers.

  1. Complacency denotes overconfidence in one’s ability to resist temptation. People who stop attending meetings or lose their motivation to stay clean are setting themselves up for a possible setback.
  2. Stressful life situations such as the loss of a job or the end of a significant relationship can all be strong triggers.
  3. Mental illness, such as depression or bi-polar conditions that were not addressed during rehabilitation, will resurface and drive the recovering addict to resume substance abuse behavior.
  4. New exposure to drug use by a spouse or other close family member. When someone has recovered from drug addiction, watching someone use the drug is a lure that can easily pull them back into the habit.
  5. Returning to old hangout venues and reestablishing regular socialization with former drug associates will most likely lead to a drug use opportunity trigger.



Stages of a Relapse

Drug relapse is never a sudden occurrence. There are several stages, and understanding these stages can help people in recovery to get help before they experience a return to drug use.

Stage One – An emotional shift in motivation and commitment to sobriety is the first indication that a relapse is in the making. At this stage you are not yet thinking about using, however, behaviors that encourage and ensure abstinence is not being exhibited. These may include irritation with people who support you staying sober, a withdrawal from meetings or overall lack of interest in the effort it takes to stay clean.

Stage Two – Mental relapse means you are fighting with the demons of desire. If you have been through the rehab process, you know how good it felt to be free of the addiction, and yet, a part of you longs to indulge. At this stage you are struggling with the idea that you can never again experience the euphoria that drugs provide. If you do not receive help at this stage, you will begin to…

  • Think obsessively about using the drug again.
  • Have a strong desire to reconnect with the people, places and things that were a part of your addiction lifestyle.
  • Begin to plan how to use and indulge in secretive behavior to avoid confrontation.

Stage Three – At this point, a plan to use drugs is implemented. This includes reconnection with former drug dealers, purchasing drugs and using them. At this stage, relapse has occurred. Some addicts will panic after they realize that they have resumed drug use and seek help right away. However, for others, a sense of hopelessness sets in. This is a dangerous place for a recovering addict because although cravings are the same, tolerance levels may have changed after detoxification. Most fatalities occur during a relapse because of changes in tolerance levels.

Residents of Akron, Ohio who are struggling with a desire to resume drug use can benefit from utilizing our relapse prevention treatment services. Call us today at (234) 200-4840 and speak confidentially with one of our call center counselor about your concerns.

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