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Relapse Is a Part of the Recovery Journey in Drug Rehabilitation

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Contrary to common stereotypes, drug rehabilitation is not a straightforward process. It is a journey that involves a series of ups and downs, with its own successes and disappointments. And this journey includes relapse, whereby drug addiction resurfaces following remission or recovery.

According to one study, among individuals with substance abuse disorders who get treatment, 40% to 60% will relapse within one year.

Addiction is a chronic disease, which means that it never completely goes away. Fundamentally, relapse occurs when the person becomes exposed to triggers that initiate desires to engage in addictive behaviours. These triggers could be categorised into three categories: environmental, social, and emotional. 

Environmental triggers encompass a person’s surroundings and increase their likelihood of becoming addicted to drugs. A person may have many environments (or domains) of influence, such as the community, family, school, and friends. Their risk of addiction can develop in any of these domains.

Social triggers involve social interaction that may urge the craving for drugs or alcohol. This can include seeing your previous partners, a conversation with your friends and family, or stress at home and at work. 

During the early stage of recovery, it is common to experience joy, sadness, compassion, and empathy in new ways that can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. You may also likely experience many people, places, and feelings that have emotional links with drugs and alcohol and may trigger the urge to use them.

In an ideal world, relapse should not happen. It is crucial that you stick with your aftercare since it plays a vital role in preventing relapse. Recognising the importance of offering support during relapse, The Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Centre incorporates relapse prevention principles to teach addicts effective ways to remain sober by learning how to identify potential triggers, stay away from high-risk scenarios, and use a range of coping skills.

A top-of-the-line facility run by medical professionals is the Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Centre. They offer an online aftercare and relapse preventionprogramme that is designed to suit any client, regardless of their addiction or location. Their online programme provides both one-on-one and group sessions and uses a CBT-based approach to help clients avoid relapse.

It is important to recognise that addiction recovery is a lifelong process and relapse is a sign that you need to reconsider the way you are dealing with it. If you’ve just experienced a relapse, it’s probably far from easy to face what happened. In fact, you may even resort to blaming yourself—that somehow you should have been able to avoid those triggers.

But that’s counterproductive and it’s unhelpful to blame yourself. Instead, start by recognising that you did slip and redoubling your efforts to overcome your urges. You don’t have to have all the answers right now. What’s most important is your desire to surmount your relapse and go forward with your recovery journey.

Drug addiction is a journey that involves a series of ups and downs, with its own successes and disappointments. Recovering from drug addiction is a difficult process. If you happen to be near Henderson, Desert Hope Treatment is a great option as a treatment facility.

If you or someone you know is facing drug addiction or relapse, do not wait until it is too late. Contact The Dawntoday to receive a no-obligation assessment and find out what help is available.




Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.

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