Do you, or someone you know, feel like recovery isn't going as planned? Do you constantly feel angry, frustrated, or have trouble tolerating things lately? Are you having thoughts of using drugs or alcohol? If so, you may be in one of the three stages of relapse. Let's take a closer look. If you've relapsed and need help, call our Greensboro NC drug and alcohol treatment center. You can trust Legacy Freedom to help you beat addiction.
In our previous blog posts, we talked about each of the three stages of relapse. Today, we are going to talk about warning signs of each stage. If you missed our previous blogs, visit with there here:
- Understanding the Different Types of Relapse
- Understanding the Different Types of Relapse, continued
Having knowledge of the different stages of relapse and the specific types of signs and symptoms that can be experienced in each of them will help anyone who could be directly or indirectly faced with relapse.
Stage One Warning Signs
Stage one consists of feelings, emotions and the inability to behave properly. You might get frustrated at work. Instead of using coping skills learned in rehab to overcome anger, you storm out and continue being emotional.
You might also start eating a poor diet, leaving your body starving for nutrients. Then, you start losing sleep and having mood swings because you're tired and hungry. Now, the second stage of relapse is more likely because you feel weak and vulnerable. Here are the warning signs of the first phase:
- Sudden lifestyle changes like quitting a hobby or no longer spending time with friends and family
- Skipping after-care meetings and support groups
- Not asking for help when it is needed in any type of situation
- Not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much
- Not eating healthy or adequately
- Mood swings
- Inability to deal with emotions or feelings
- Feeling chronically frustrated at work or at home
- Emotionally overwhelmed
Stage Two Warning Signs
During this stage, you will think about using drugs again. You'll also experience these signs, as well:
- Daydreaming about going to a bar or the place where you always used drugs in the past
- Having a constant argument with yourself about whether you'll use again or not
- Reaching out to friends that you used to do drugs or drink with
- Thinking about how to get away with using so that no one knows
- Lying to yourself
- Lying to friends and family
- Admiring your past behaviors and use of drugs or alcohol
- Considering using drugs or alcohol just once, so that you can relax for a while
These are dangerous thoughts. They're also part of relapse, overall. Getting to a meeting quickly is key to fighting this stage. If you can't make it to one ASAP, confide in a friend or family member that can help you work through these thoughts and feelings. Do whatever it takes now to get past the thoughts so that you won't move into the third stage.
To find out the warning stages of phase three, be sure to visit our next blog post. There, you'll find more information.
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Addiction is real. It's something that can consume your entire life before you even know it's happening. It's important to get help or visit our Greensboro NC drug and alcohol treatment center to regain your life, free of substance abuse.
If you'd like to talk with our counselors at Legacy Freedom, contact us today and ask about our outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Greensboro. We are here to help you regain the road to a happy and healthy life.