Overview and definition, Causes, preventing a relapse
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The path to recovery comes with many twists and turns and doesn’t always go as planned. Relapse is a normal but dangerous phase of recovery.
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What is Relapse?
A relapse happens when a person stops maintaining his or her goal of reducing or avoiding the use of alcohol or other drugs and returns to previous levels of use.
Causes of Relapse
- Tempting situations – circumstances or places where the person would have previously used
- Triggering circumstances – insecure housing, professional or personal setbacks, social pressures or stigma
- Pre-existing mental health or emotional issues
- Pre-existing physical health issues
- Guilt caused from a slip-up or lapse
[BUTTON] 40%-60% of people in recovery experience relapse
Preventing a Relapse
The best way to prevent a relapse is to practice coping behaviors consistently, build a support system, and avoid risk factors.
- Have a list of personal reasons for staying sober
- Use healthy examples of stress-relief strategies
- Keep a schedule of local support group meetings
- Have someone to call and a safe place to go
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