Mental Relapse

Drug Rehab Charlotte NC: The Second Stage of Relapse

Welcome back! In our last post, our drug rehab in Charlotte NC began discussing an emotional relapse and how it can affect you in your recovery. The first stage of relapse is actually an emotional stage that can set you up for a physical relapse in the future. There are ways to avoid an emotional relapse, so be sure to check our last post to find out how.

Drug Rehab Charlotte NC | Mental Relapse

If you happen to move past the emotional relapse and into the second part of the relapse process, you’ll enter into what’s referred to as a mental relapse.

In mental relapse there's a war going on in your mind. Part of you wants to revert back to old habits (drugs or alcohol), but part of you wants to continue your recovery path. In the early phase of mental relapse you're just indolently thinking about drug or alcohol use.

According to, the signs of mental relapse are:

  • Thinking about people, places, and things you used with
  • Glamorizing your past use
  • Lying
  • Hanging out with old using friends
  • Fantasizing about using
  • Thinking about relapsing
  • Planning your relapse around other people's schedules

Making the right choices begins to get harder and the craving of your former addiction gets stronger.

Dealing with Mental Relapse

When thinking of using drugs or drinking alcohol, it’s important that you stay in control, even with your thoughts. Thinking of having just one drink is OK, but just as when physically drinking; one drink leads to another, and before you know it you’re back on the path to addiction.

Giving into those thoughts could cause you to repeat the vicious cycle you were stuck in during your addiction.

Mental relapses are partially blamed on one thing. In your mind, you begin to think that no one will know about that one time you give into your urge. Your former addiction tries to convince you that one time of giving in is OK.

As all recovering addicts well know, the consequences of using are destructive. Remembering that can help you rise above the cravings and the “no one will know” or “just one”mentality.

Mental relapse is a real issue that many recovering addicts deal with weeks, months, and even years, after making the decision to take the path to recovery.

For tips on how to fight mental relapse urges, be sure to check back with us soon. Our rehab center can help you with a few ways to get your mindset right and back in the recovery game.

Also, if you’re just realizing you have a problem, or a loved one is struggling with an addiction problem, feel free to contact our drug rehab in Charlotte NC, Legacy Freedom for help. We are here to get you on the right road to a healthy, substance abuse free life.

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