Warning signs of relapse are crucial factors to learn while in treatment and if you learn them you will prevent another trip back to a treatment center. It is often recommended that once an individual leaves treatment he or she should do certain things to stay clean. Attending 12 step meetings, getting a sponsor, seeing a therapist and creating a spiritual life are some of the suggestions. Doing these things will help the person be more self-aware and develop a new way of living. Thus, a relapse will also be less likely.
One of the main reasons people relapse is because they cut back or stop doing the things that people recommended them to do to maintain sobriety. Other warning signs might be a little subtler. Some of which might be stress due to home, work, or financial worries. Additionally, overworking, lack of sleep, difficulty concentrating, or irritability can be problematic for a person in recovery. Having such symptoms can be uncomfortable for the addict and can push them in the direction of escaping these feelings.
Isolation and loneliness are other signs that someone can be on the verge of a relapse. It is often said that the worst place to be for an addict to be is alone in his or her own’s head. A recent article points out the struggles that one woman went through and the devastation that a relapse can have. The sad thing is that she missed several warning signs which could have prevented this tragedy.
A Relapse Occurs When the Person Stops Doing What Got Them Healthy.
Additionally, when a person is becoming more and more self-centered this is a sign that there might be a problem. So often recovering addicts will say, “get out of self and into others”. In other words, to stay clean it is important that you help others and give away what you have learned. No one can do recovery alone. Stay connected with those who are so willing to help you through this process. You will not regret it. So, be mindful of yourself and you will be prepared to take on the warning signs of a potential relapse. By living this way you will only get stronger!