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Warning Signs of Relapse

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The recovery journey continues long after treatment is complete and patients return home. Sobriety is a lifelong commitment that takes work and dedication. Our goal at Evoke Wellness Ohio is to help individuals build a solid foundation for lasting wellness and recovery. However, things can happen that disrupt a person’s sobriety or put it at risk. It is not uncommon for a patient in recovery to slip up and use drugs or alcohol. While it may seem spontaneous, there are usually signs that indicate a relapse is likely to happen. Recognizing these signs can help you take appropriate measures for yourself or a loved one.

Relapse prevention is a critical component of addiction treatment and recovery. That is why, at Evoke Wellness Ohio, we offer a relapse prevention therapy program to prepare patients for a future life of sobriety. To learn more about relapse prevention and our other addiction treatment programs, contact us at 866.430.9267.

What Is a Relapse?

A relapse is when someone breaks their sobriety and begins drugs or alcohol again. Some may think that a relapse is an impulsive decision when in reality, it is often a process that starts long before you start abusing substances again. Addiction is a complex disease that affects your physical, mental, and emotional health. There is no one-size-fits-all cure that will work for everyone. Treatment and recovery programs can significantly improve an individual’s chances of lasting sobriety. However, they do not guarantee that someone will not relapse. Understanding the risk of relapse and learning the potential warning signs can prevent further complications and ensure you get the support you need.

The Warning Signs of Relapse

Everyone’s experiences with addiction and recovery are different. When patients leave treatment, their environment and circumstances are also unique and can significantly impact their recovery. There are a variety of factors that can lead to a relapse. An individual may exhibit distinct warning signs of a relapse, but there are some common early signs of relapse to look out for.

Below are some of the common warning signs of relapse:

  • Romanticizing past drug or alcohol abuse
  • Increased stress
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Overconfidence in their recovery or believing they can use again without falling back into addiction
  • Sudden or extreme changes in behavior
  • Not keeping up with sober behaviors and routines
  • Doubting the effectiveness of the recovery process

If a relapse does occur, the best course of action is to reach out for help. A relapse is not a failure, but it should be taken seriously. If left unaddressed, it can lead to a dangerous cycle of addiction, relapse, and shame. For those struggling with relapse, our team can help. Some may need to complete detox or participate in a residential treatment program. Whatever your needs are, our staff can help you determine what your next steps should be.

Detecting Early Signs of Relapse at Evoke Wellness Ohio

Participating in a relapse prevention program can help patients recognize the warning signs of relapse and help them create a plan of action if it does occur. At Evoke Wellness Ohio, we provide many programs and services to help individuals through each stage of their recovery journey. Some of the additional treatments and therapy programs we offer are:

If you are struggling with addiction or worried about relapse, you are not alone. At Evoke Wellness Ohio, our relapse prevention program can help you or your loved one stay on the path to recovery. Contact us at 866.430.9267 to start your treatment and recovery journey today.