According to statistics released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 90 percent of substance abusers attempting to stay sober will relapse at least once and 72 percent of that group will relapse multiple times. However, the National Survey on Drug Use and Heath clarify that the relapse did not begin with the action of alcohol or drug abuse, but the events that led up to the action. In other words, there were warning signs along the way that could have been avoided.
Keeping the Right Frame of Mind
The action of engaging in substance abuse is connected to thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The best way to avoid a relapse into drug or alcohol abuse is to find a method to reject the behavior and to learn to address and deal with nervousness or circumstance that lead you to want to engage in the activity. In many instances, individuals in recovery return to the old way of thinking and to their old patterns of behavior. Many even believe that sobriety is not that important. Unfortunately, anxiety always has been and always will be a part of life. The key to avoiding relapse is to learn how to meet the tension head on and to deal with it without the need of substance abuse. Mood swings, extreme emotional reaction and over reacting behaviorally are all indicators that anxiety may be creating a stumbling block or hurdle that could cause problems down the road. Denying anxiety exists and pretending that you can handle it on your own, without help is also an indicator that you really do need help.
Relapse from Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms from certain drugs, as well as alcohol from the past, can reappear long after you leave detox and rehab. Depression, anxiety and insomnia can reappear and increase your mental acuity. It is important that you develop a plan to address these issues before they happen. Knowing what you will do should it happen to you is a good plan for being able to cope when and if it does.
Reckless Behavior can Trigger Relapse
Impulsive and reckless behavior; making changes to your daily routine; avoiding social gatherings with friends and family and becoming unnecessarily defensive are all behavioral changes that indicate a relapse. If you learn to recognize the signs then when the temptation to drift back into substance abuse occurs, you can fend it off. Additionally signs that relapse is imminent are unproductive decisions, lack of emotional self control, feelings of hopelessness. Research indicates that individuals who experience these feelings may think that just a brief moment of substance abuse will give them clarity, but it can also lead to feelings of guilt from the relapse and could cause you to slip even deeper back into substance abuse. Your best defense against relapse is to find a rehab program and get involved. If you or someone you know are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from drugs and alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.