Coping with an addiction is a very difficult task. Many addicts go years without receiving the help they need to overcome addiction. Many addicts must hit a ‘rock bottom’ before they seek treatment. The truth is that addicts can get treatment at any point of their addiction. The first step is realizing they you prioritize getting and consuming drugs and/or alcohol above other responsibilities or fail to complete normal everyday tasks because of those substances. Once you can realize this, it is time for the next step. Speaking with a loved one, co-worker, friend, or professional can make your situation better. You release some of the stress of the ‘secretive’ addiction lifestyle, while opening yourself up for help. Type of necessary treatment various from individual to individual and drug to drug. Certified long-term inpatient treatment center programs are the best for overcoming an addiction. The long the treatment the more likely a long life without drugs is possible. The goal of treatment is to give a recovering addict all the tools and confidence to reduce the chances of relapse.
Relapse is a common occurrence after addiction treatment. Addiction is a powerful problem that requires a powerful and complicated treatment program. Relapse various from individual to individual and drug to drug. The longer and harsher the drug use is, the harder it will be to reduce the chances of relapse. Relapse can also be caused by a lingering mental disorder that was not accounted for in treatment. Factors that can contribute to a relapse include, but are not limited to: social pressures, access to addictive substances, and stress at home or at work.
What to do if Relapse Happens
Relapse is a common issue that many rehabilitated individuals suffers through. That does not mean it is ok; it means that further treatment is required. It is essential that recovering addicts and their loved ones do not view it as a failure. It is normal that recovering addicts that relapse to feel ashamed or embarrassed, but it should not stop them from seeking more help. Once relapse happens they should not hesitate to contact a loved one or trained professional. Relapse can often lead to overdose because the individual consumes their ‘normal’ amount of a drug, yet their body is not equipped to metabolize that quantity. Most treatment centers will provide recovered addicts with a sponsor, group, or emergency contact for these situations, so relapsing addicts must contact them. These individuals can help you gather your thoughts and make the necessary decisions to remedy the situation. It is also important to remember the training from the treatment program; take time to relax think about the situation and how to properly handle it. Now that the situation is over it is time to start again. Relapse is not failure, but simply a small bump in the road to lifelong sobriety. Go back to the sources of comfort and support to help in recovery. Speaking with professionals can help relapsing recovering addicts gain perspective, reflect on the issue, and learn from the relapse.
Treatment Center Help
Drug rehabilitation treatment is complex, but the goal is to provide an addict with the tools they require to overcome temptation to drugs and alcohol. Therapy can help addicts gain control of their emotions, increase self-confidence, and provide them with techniques to avoid dangerous situations. Treatment eliminates temptation and provides tools to overcome them when recovering addicts reenter the real world. When treatment is completed recovering addicts should seek aftercare, where they can continue to grow as a sober adult. Narcanon and Alcoholics Anonymous groups are wonderful resources for guidance help and provide help for others. Getting a sponsor and support network can help recovering addicts get immediate help in case of potential relapse. Recovery is possible as long as self-confidence is restored and a competent support network is established.