Surviving a Drug Relapse

The notion of a relapse can strike fear in the hearts of those who have overcome addition. While some people take their sobriety for granted others live with a relapse cloud hovering over them. The possibility of a relapse is even more poignant when we hear about famous people like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams who according to media reports, both died as a result of a relapse. These fatalities shows the various nuances of addiction that can lead to both an emotional as well as a substance abuse relapse.

The definition of a relapse is the return to regular and uncontrollable abuse of a chemical substance. Some people experience what is known as a “lapse” which is like a one-time use that does not escalate into a return to full blown addiction. According to experts, every time an addict recovers from a relapse it provides insight into better ways to say sober. In their opinion, relapsing is an important aspect of the recovery process if you survive it. Surviving it however, can be precarious because there are significant dangers inherent in a relapse event.

A relapse often occurs after chemical substances have been cleared from the body but the desire to use have not been sufficiently dissipated. Data shows that after short-term treatment, between 25 and 50 percent of substance abusers return to full time substance abuse. The statistics are much better for long term inpatient treatment programs that shows only a ten to fifteen percent chance of relapsing.

The factors that contribute to a relapse can be determined by any number of variables such as:

  • Whether or not the treatment program was comprehensive
  • Sufficient time in treatment to address underlying issues and develop new patterns of behavior.
  • The type of support system that the person in recovery has after rehab.
  • Whether Relapse Prevention education and training was received.
  • Level of commitment to sober living.
  • Type of environmental impacts that the individual has to cope with.
  • Recurring stressful situations for which the person does not seek help to overcome.

In order for most addicts to avoid a relapse, all of these factors should be addressed during treatment. When it comes to environmental issues, it may be necessary to relocate from a community where the person is habitually exposed to drug use and daily interaction with other substance abusers.

A drug relapse can be a dangerous occurrence if the individual attempt to consume the same amount of drugs or alcohol they used prior to recovery. Shifts in the body’s tolerance levels can lead to an overdose if the amount consumed is beyond the body’s ability to assimilate. The good news is studies show that a relapse can be prevented. Kissimmee Drug Treatment Centers has effective relapse prevention programs that equip clients with multiple relapse prevention tools to help intercept a relapse at the onset or overcome one quickly, if it occurs.

Relapse prevention is an integral component of our rehabilitation process that requires a systematic approach and use of proven techniques. Trained and experienced counselors work with individuals on a one-on-one basis to identify unique triggers and create a feasible after care relapse prevention plan. We also offer both inpatient and outpatient relapse prevention programs.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee today at 321-697-7113 if you are teetering on the brink of a relapse or have already relapsed. Our counselors can help you to return to the safety of sobriety.

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