It is not uncommon for those who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction to have at least one relapse at some point in time. Believe it or not, many people will have a relapse before they are able to achieve long-lasting sobriety. Another thing that people do not realize is that relapse doesn't start when a drug or drink is picked up. Instead, it is a gradual process that starts long before that with steady changes in feelings, behaviors, and attitudes. Therefore, it is imperative for those who are trying to recover and lead a long-lasting sober life to recognize the warning signs of relapse so they can take action.
You may have decided that following your recovery program is no longer important. Inside, you feel like something is wrong, but you just can't figure out what it is. Part of you wants to do the program, but the other part of you wants the drug/alcohol.
If something has happened in your life that has caused you significant stress, then you are at risk of relapse. It can be difficult to return to the real world after participating in a recovery program, as there are a number of stressful situations that may present themselves. You may over-react to them, resulting in an increase in stress. You will want to pay special attention to your feelings and any occurrence of mood swings.
An increase in stress can often result in some of your withdrawal symptoms returning. Some of these symptoms include sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and memory loss. The important thing to understand is these symptoms can be incredibly dangerous, as they can result in you trying to self-medicate to get rid of them.
Loss of Control/Judgment
You may find yourself finding it difficult to make health decisions, resulting in making irrational choices. You may be unable to think clearly, and you may get confused very easily. You may not want to accept help from those who love you most. You may be unable to relax and become overwhelmed for no clear reason. You may get angry and annoyed very easily. You may start to believe that there is no light at the end of the tunnel and lose all of your confidence.
There are many other warning signs as well, such as social breakdown, loss of structure, and denial. In the event that you were unable to stop a full-blown relapse from occurring, it's okay. Pick yourself up, get yourself the help that you need, and get yourself on the path to sobriety again. For more information, contact a local drug or alcohol recovery program.