Monday, April 2, 2012

Relapse - A Danger We All Face

When it comes to addiction to alcohol and drugs, relapse is an ever present danger.  Whilst getting sober and fighting the addiction is definitely the hardest part, even after success in this arena you must be ever vigilant against relapse.  It is important to note that although you should try your utmost to avoid a relapse, however, should you relapse then you would not be alone.  Depending on the actual addiction in question, the rate of relapse can range from 50% and reach a level as high as 90%.   

Furthermore, drugs and alcohol are addictions that many people relapse on, often over and over again.  So, what can you do to avoid a relapse?  The chances may be considerably high but that does not mean that a relapse is inevitable, and there are many things that you can do to avoid this.  The longer that you manage to stay away from your addiction, the less likely it is that you will succumb to temptation and go back down that slippery slope.

Arguably the most important thing is to change your lifestyle.  Don't allow yourself to get into the same situations in which you used to feed your addiction, obviously locking yourself away would be a step too far, but you may find that you have felt pressure in the past from certain peer groups to join in.  If a person can't interact with you without trying to include you in their addiction then you really don't want them as an acquaintance anyway.

Often a relapse is caused by poor lifestyle.  In addition, if you feel angry and frustrated about your life may cause you to feel hopeless and that any effort that you make towards sobriety is ultimately in vain.  This is why it's good to maintain healthy relationships with people who will help make you feel better about yourself.  Group sessions and buddy programs are an excellent solution as they enable you to see that you are not alone and that there are many other people going through the same situation as you.  Quite often simply having someone to talk to is worth a great deal more than anyone might expect.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to alcohol, opiates, benzos, methadone or suboxone, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer at The Coleman Institute at 1.877.77.DETOX.  You'll be glad you did!  

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