Relapse can be a scary, yet very real, aspect of recovery. Many people who seek treatment for addiction never stop to consider the possibility of relapse. However, it's a part of treatment and recovery that never truly goes away. Even those that have been in recovery for 30 years or more still have to fight urges, thoughts, and emotions that can lead to using again. For the best drug rehab in Greensboro NC, call Legacy Freedom for help.
Those that are struggling with thoughts of relapse, or are worried that it might happen without warning, will find comfort in the fact that there are signs and symptoms that you can watch for. These warning signs happen in three stages. In our previous blog, we talked about the first two phases of relapse and the signs that come with them.
Today, we are going to focus on the final stage. This physical relapse phase is the part where the act of using again becomes a reality.
Third Stage Warning Signs
- Driving to a bar or a place to pick up drugs
- Calling an old friend to inquire about getting a substance to use
- Physically holding the substance of choice in your hands
- Using the drugs or alcohol at least once
Even one sip of alcohol is considered a physical relapse. One swallowed pill jeopardizes your recovery. However, you can still come back from this. Even if you have three or four drinks or use drugs twice, you can fight back for recovery. Don't assume that this means total failure. There is still hope. You can regain recovery easily.
Just like the first go round with quitting drugs or alcohol, you will have to trust rehab again. You might want to find a new type of alternative therapy this time. Because there are various types of treatment, choosing a new one may be a great way to get excited about recovery again.
One of the biggest steps of recovery is learning to deal with feelings and emotions that might have led you to drug or alcohol use in the first place. It's possible you're facing a serious problem in life now. Try to remember the techniques and tools you learned in rehab. Fight your problems. Face them rather than running away from them. Don't let a stressful week or argument with family throw you back into using. It's not worth losing everything you've worked for.
Take time to join an aftercare meeting or support group. You'll find that being around people that are going through exactly the same things will be helpful. You can talk it out and get support from those that know what you're feeling.
We hope this information helps you if you need assistance in identifying a potential relapse. We also hope it helps you seek the help you need to refrain from relapsing. Contact us if you need further assistance.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol or drug problem, it's time to get them some help this summer. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle, that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous people in the world dealing with addiction. Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. Contact Legacy Freedom of Greensboro if you, or a loved one, need alternative, personalized outpatient therapy. We are here to help them get back on track to a happier and healthier life with our outpatient alcohol addiction treatment and drug rehab in Greensboro NC.