An unfortunate reality of working in the substance abuse treatment sphere is that not everyone will stay sober after their first treatment stay. This is not to say that we treat this reality lightly or do not strive for 100% non-recidivism, but the truth of the matter is that many individuals do relapse after attending treatment for a variety of reasons.
While it is not necessary to get into the reasoning behind a relapse here, what can be said is that often times when an individual relapses back into active addiction it is the result of either them not building a support network that could withstand that temptation that drugs and alcohol can bring, or they were just not ready to give up their addictive lifestyle.
As surprising as the latter reason may sound, as addiction often times ruins an individual’s life, it is fairly common, due to the how ingrained addiction can be in an individual’s life and how insidious the disease is. Addiction and alcoholism will do everything in their power to draw an individual back into their clutches and so understanding this, we at 12 Keys Rehab offer a comprehensive relapse prevention program, in order to give each of our clients the best possible chance at achieving sustained recovery.
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What Should I Do After a Relapse?
It’s only natural to be a bit scared and to wonder where you go from here after you experience a relapse. Remember that no matter how guilty you feel about your relapse, you are not alone. Many people have gone through the same thing and found their way back to recovery, and in fact, many people do not find long-term recovery after their first bout with the illness. To put it in other terms and to hopefully make you feel better, if relapse was not a significant danger to many of the individuals who suffer from addiction, then there would be no need for a relapse prevention program, but seeing as how this is not the case, we include this programming in our treatment process.
First, it’s critically important that you speak with someone that can help you determine your situation, and what the next step should be. This is no time to let emotions run wild, so talk to your support system, such as your family and friends, or individuals who helped you during your time in recovery, whether that be individuals in a 12 Step program or people who worked at a treatment center you attended. Once you reach out to someone you stand a much better chance at making it back from your relapse, as it is exposed to the light and can no longer hide. This is part of what we teach in our relapse prevention program, exposing those thoughts about using to the light, so that you can get the help you need before you make any rash decisions.
Second, and we thoroughly understand this, but it can be tough to realize that the answer to the question “Should I go back to rehab?” is “yes.” It’s an incredibly tough thing to realize that you’ve made a mistake and that you need help to get back on the road to recovery. If you want the best chance at truly realizing a successful recovery that is a step you’ll need to take. It’s going to be incredibly hard work, just like the last time you went through rehab, but if you’re committed to the program, you’ll find it to be well worth the effort. One of the best ways of doing that is by turning to a program that features caring, qualified professionals who know what you’re going through and can help you overcome your problems.
The Second Time in Rehab
It would be very easy for you to think that going through rehab again wouldn’t be worth the work. After all, you relapsed, so what makes you think it would work a second time? You might feel like you’re simply repeating the same actions and going through the motions, but what we have come to understand through our relapse prevention program, is that this sort of thinking is self-defeating, and is nothing more than the last remnants of addiction attempting to keep you in your illness.
However, going back to treatment is what will give you the best chance at experiencing a successful, long-term recovery, and this is important to keep in mind throughout the entire process. Remember that you will always learn something new, something you may have missed during your earlier treatment stays. You’ll learn new strategies for coping with the triggers that set off your relapse and through our relapse prevention program you will learn how to get a firm grasp on any problems or issues that might be hurting your recovery. You’ll learn how to better communicate when something’s going wrong and how to better deal with stress. Your commitment to sobriety will be stronger than ever and you’ll be armed with the skills you need to make it happen.
Relapse Isn’t the End
It is important to remember as well that plenty of people have gone through the treatment process and have suffered a setback, just like you. As unfortunate as it may be, the hard fact is that many people go through multiple relapses and multiple treatment stays. However, no matter how much shame or guilt you may currently be feeling, or whatever disappointment some of your loved ones may be expressing, you need to realize that relapse is not at all that uncommon. The faster you realize this, the faster you can start working to get back on the road to recovery.
A relapse isn’t the end — it’s the beginning of your road back. The most important thing is what you do after a relapse in order to get back to sobriety. As long as you’re committed to the process, there is no reason why you won’t be able to come back stronger than ever.
Finding The Right Relapse Prevention Program For You
If you think that you or your loved one may have a problem with alcohol or drugs and you believe that they need a relapse prevention program then call the professionals at 12 Keys Rehab today, at 1-866-480-4328. Our trained and caring staff is standing by to help you in any way that we can.