Emotional Relapse

Charlotte Rehab: Dealing With an Emotional Relapse

Dealing with a relapse is hard; our Charlotte rehab understands. But to further understand relapse and how to deal with it, it's important understand the different stages of relapse.

The first stage of relapse is actually an emotional stage that can set you up for a physical relapse in the future. You’re not yet mentally thinking of relapsing, but your emotions and behaviors are. According to addictionandrecovery.org, the signs of an emotional relapse are:

  • Anxiety
  • Intolerance
  • Anger
  • Defensiveness
  • Mood swings
  • Isolation
  • Not asking for help
  • Not going to meetings
  • Poor eating habits
  • Poor sleep habits

Also according to addictionandrecoveryblog.org, “The signs of emotional relapse are also the symptoms of post-acute withdrawal. If you understand post-acute withdrawal it's easier to avoid relapse, because the early stage of relapse is easiest to pull back from. In the later stages the pull of relapse gets stronger and the sequence of events moves faster.”

It’s possible to prevent a substance abuse relapse at this stage, though it can be difficult. You must first recognize that you’re in an emotional relapse state. You can do this by using the list above. Monitor your behaviors and emotions closely, at the first sign of any of things listed above.

Charlotte Rehab | A Changing Behavior

Changing your behavior at the first sign of emotional relapse can benefit you in a great many ways. It can prevent you from relapsing, mentally and physically. Choosing to continue battling emotional relapse can cause you to be come mentally exhausted and in turn, move you to the mental relapse state.

In our next post, our Charlotte rehab will visit the stage of mental relapse and hopefully help you understand this stage and how to prevent it, should you end up moving from an emotional relapse to a mental relapse.

Remember these few things when battling an emotional relapse:

  • Practice self-care
  • Revisit reasons for past substance abuse
  • Consider situations that cause you to need an escape
  • Steer clear of emotionally and mentally draining situations

Taking care of yourself is always the first step to a better lifestyle. Remembering that, and joining us for our next post on Mental Relapse can help.

If you’d like to speak with one of our counselors at Legacy Freedom, feel free to contact us. Our Charlotte rehab is standing by to help you regain your journey to recovery.

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