Instead of looking at a relapse as a mistake you can’t recover from, think of it as something you can learn from. We generally learn the most from mistakes because we don’t want to repeat them. If you had a setback and drank or used drugs after a period of recovery, you may feel like it’s the end of the world, but it’s not. It’s a learning experience that can teach you things that may keep you from doing it again.
Here are a few things you can learn from a relapse. For the best Raleigh drug rehab and alcohol treatment, call Legacy Freedom for help.
- A relapse can help you figure out what areas you need to keep working on. If you were tempted to drink or do drugs, it was probably the result of something negative going on in your life. If you can identify the trigger, you can deal with it or avoid it to prevent future relapses.
- A relapse will reinforce the idea that drugs and/or alcohol are bad for you. You probably feel awful both physically and mentally after succumbing to temptation. Use it as a reminder that you don’t want to go through it again. Not only does your body have to recover, but you have to get your head clear again so that you can focus on sobriety again.
- A relapse can remind you that you’ll never fully recover from your addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process that you have to work on in order to be successful. Sometimes we may let our guard down, or think that after a long period of sobriety, we can have “one sip” and it will be okay. Addiction is a chronic disease that will never fully go away.
- A relapse can make you reevaluate your life. Take a look at all aspects of your life from work to relationships to finances. See if there are areas that need improving, or areas that may be causing you stress. Work on eliminating the stressful or negative things. Also take a look at the areas in which you feel satisfied. Try to bring more of those things into your daily life.
- A relapse can make you realize how bad addiction can be. Sometimes it takes a setback to see just how bad your substance abuse problem is, and how important it is to get help. If you have tried to quit on your own and just can’t manage it, then it may be time to get professional help.
Remember that there are three stages of relapse: emotional, mental and physical. The emotional stage is when you are upset or angered by something in your life. You may not be thinking about drinking or doing drugs, but the negative emotions may be setting you up for it. In the mental stage you begin to think of using again. You may try to talk yourself into it. The physical stage is when you actually break down and use drugs or drink. Keep these in mind so that you can identify them before you slip into this pattern.
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