What Worked and What Didn’t: Ways to Make Your Relapse Another Tool for Addiction Recovery

Oftentimes, people who are fighting addictions need to try more than once to finally overcome their illness. Addictions to alcohol, narcotics, and even marijuana can ruin the lives of everyone involved, so it’s best to keep trying until you finally kick the habit for good.

There will probably be a few slips and relapses along the way, especially if the addiction is very powerful, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to end that addiction. Sometimes, you can turn those mistakes into tools that will help you on your road to recovery. Here are a few things to consider if you have a slip up after you’ve finished with rehab.

Determine if You Had a Slip or a Relapse

Some substances are more addictive that others: opiates and hard drugs may take a long time to recover from, but quitting weed may not be so difficult. Either way, if you want to quit and you find yourself using again, you have to determine whether it’s a drastic problem or truly just a slip-up.

A “slip up” is when you use your substance for a short time, usually just one day, but you immediately realize the risks that you are taken and the possibilities of falling into the same old routine. This may not be a cause for alarm, but if it begins to happen more and more frequently, you may want to consider further treatment.

A relapse is when you start using again regularly. You may go on a binge and then justify it to yourself, or you may just go “all in” again and use the same as you did before. This is a very serious issue and you need to seek help immediately before you fall back into a full blown addiction.

If You Relapse, it Doesn’t Mean Rehab Didn’t Work

Again, it may take a few trips to rehab to fully recover from your addiction. Everyone overcomes addictions differently, so a relapse may just signal that you need more help quitting.

For many, addiction can be a lifelong problem that needs to be kept in check every day. This can inevitably lead to occasional relapses, but that doesn’t mean that relapses are okay. If you have a support group or friends and family that want to help, take their advice when they tell you it may be time to go back to rehab.

Heading Back to Rehab

Ultimately, the only one who has the power to kill your addiction is yourself. You have to want to end it, so you may have to accept the fact that you need more time in rehab.

This isn’t an admission of defeat: rather, it’s an admission to yourself that you want to fight your addiction and will do everything you can to win. That is a powerful sentiment that will help you get through it.

Sometimes, more than is required, and the only way you can admit it is after a relapse.

 

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