After your successful stay at a drug or alcohol detox center, you must learn to live differently. Your body is weaned off of the substance, but bad habits and risky situations can lead you back to your original addiction. Most often, a relapse into your old behaviors will be a result of subjecting yourself to situations you know are high-risk for you. Any time negative emotions like anger, depression, boredom and fear are introduced, there is a risk of relapse. Your best bet for avoiding relapse is by avoiding these high-risk situations. But even when being extremely careful, many people recovering from drug or alcohol addictions find themselves using their old substances. If that’s you, here is a five-stop action plan for dealing with your relapse.
Admit That You Made a Mistake
The first step in dealing with relapse is to admit to yourself that you gave into the temptation and you have made a mistake. Be sure to also immediately remove yourself from the situation that caused the slip-up. Once away from the situation, it is beneficial to share the experience with your support group. Let someone from your group know the situation, what led to the relapse and how they can help you avoid it in the future.
Realize A One-Time Slip Does Not Mean Complete Failure
Many people recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction experience hiccups in their ultimate quest for sobriety. One of the benefits of engaging in a group like Alcoholics Anonymous is that you can learn from others who have struggled with the same things as you. Do not let your relapse cripple you into thinking you will never recover. A one-time slip doesn’t doom you to failure. However, be careful to also not let the “everyone fails sometimes” mentality become an excuse to regularly indulge in your substance of choice.
Learn From The Relapse
If there is a silver lining from any relapse, it is the ability to learn from it. What was the weakness that eventually led you back to your addiction? By identifying your high-risk situations, people and places, you can avoid them in the future.
Stay Connected With Your Family and Support Group
It can be tempting to begin ignoring or avoiding your support group when you have failed. But it is better to own up to it and continue on your path to sobriety than to try to go it alone. Your support group is there to encourage you through thick and thin, but they cannot do that if you abandon them.
Recommit Yourself to Your Recovery
Once you have finished dealing with the relapse and all of the emotions that come with it, make a commitment to yourself and your support group to continue on your road to recovery. One step backward isn’t as harmful if you commit to and take two steps forward. Gallus Detox is committed to helping you recover from your alcohol or drug addiction. We have a medical detox facility in Prescott, Arizona with two more opening soon in Dallas and Houston, Texas. For help with your addiction, contact us online today.