Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

What to Do When You Relapse

When you relapse, it feels devastating. You feel like a failure, like you’ve let everybody down. Your parents. Your children. Your friends. Family. Coworkers. AA members. You’ve always known you’re a failure and now you’ve proved it to everyone.

STOP. That’s your addiction talking. Trying to woe you back into its grasp.

You relapsed. So what? You’re not the first person and you won’t be the last. Just because you messed up, whether it was just today or if you’ve been on a bender for the last seven days, it doesn’t mean you give up.

But what are you supposed to do now that you’ve relapsed?

Here’s what.

Stop Using

No matter how big your relapse, stop now before it gets any worse. After all, you’ve really only got two options: keep using or quit. Choose the right one. If your relapse was small, do what you need to do to stop. Go out of town. Lock yourself in a room. Call three of your best friends and ask them to stay with you for a day or two.

Is Treatment Necessary?

If your relapse was longer, think about if you need to go to detox or drug and alcohol treatment. If you’re unsure, seek out a drug and alcohol evaluation. This should let you know if you qualify for inpatient treatment, IOP, or if outpatient would be more appropriate. If you think you may need to go to a rehab center, call 800-481-6320 for help.

Go to a Meeting

When You Relapse

Attending a meeting after your relapse will help remind you of why you quit using.

Once you’ve stopped using, get to a meeting. It doesn’t matter if it’s not your normal meeting or if you know anyone there, just go. Surrounding yourself with people embracing recovery helps you from negative thinking and reminds you of what sobriety means in your life.

Call Your Sponsor

Remember that person who stood by your side and helped you walk the steps? Remember how he made you call him every day for the first month you were in the Rooms? Sponsors sponsor because they care and they want to help. Utilize them. Admittedly your sponsor would prefer if you called before you relapsed, but it’s not a perfect world and sponsors understand that. They also understand what it’s like to be addicted and they won’t judge you. As a matter of fact, chances are they’ll respect your accountability.

Ask for Support

Although you might not want to tell your loved ones about your relapse, you need to be open and honest in your recovery. Sit down and tell them what happened, and explain what your plan is to get back on track. Ask for their support and share your relapse triggers and warning signs so they can help you with relapse prevention.

Make It a Learning Experience

Instead of focusing on all the negatives regarding your relapse, make it a learning experience. Relapse doesn’t just happen, and very rarely does it happen without warning. Examine what lead up to the relapse and what you could have done different. Take that knowledge and implement it into a new relapse prevention plan.

Have You Relapsed?

Is addiction controlling your life? Have you recently relapsed and need to get into treatment? Call 800-481-6320 today and become stronger than ever.

Activities Provided by Rehab Centers that Will Help with Relapse Prevention

More Rehab Centers Resources

What Happens in Catholic Drug Rehab?

addiction and spirituality

Over the course of decades, the addictions field has amassed a wealth of information and expertise on how to best help addicts overcome the effects of substance abuse. While certain standard treatment protocols remain the same across the board, rehab programs have branched off into a number of different approaches for treating addiction. According to….

Continue reading

6 Common Co-Occurring Addiction Disorders

When it comes to addiction and other mental health issues, the problems are often intertwined. Substance abuse and mental health disorders are often co-occurring and it’s estimated that over 8 million adults in the US have dual diagnoses. For those that are addicted, six out of 10 have at least one mental health disorder, which….

Continue reading

Support Options for Social Anxiety Sufferers

Anyone living with social anxiety well knows the distress and frustration that comes at the thought of meeting new people or having to perform in front of a group of people. While most people may experience some degree of anxiety when faced new social settings, someone living with social anxiety will go to great lengths….

Continue reading

What Happens in Xanax Rehab?

rehab for xanax

Addiction to Xanax is possible, and those who become unable to control their use of the drug should attend Xanax rehab. In a rehab treatment facility, you will be given medication and attend behavioral therapy in order to recover from your Xanax addiction. What Happens on Your First Day of Rehab? First, after you choose….

Continue reading

Do I Need Aftercare?

Whether or not a patient is in need of aftercare depends strongly on their state of recovery when their treatment program at a rehab center ends. However, there are many different types of aftercare available, and attending another type of treatment after one’s time in a rehab center is over is often helpful. What Options….

Continue reading

Maintaining Sobriety After Alcohol Rehab

tips for sobriety

For many people, alcohol rehab marks a turning point in their lives. During treatment, a person unlearns destructive, addiction-based behaviors and replaces them with healthy ways of thinking and interacting in the world. After completing alcohol rehab, those in recovery must learn to navigate around the people, places and things that trigger old drinking behaviors…..

Continue reading

Does Childhood Anxiety Lead to Drug Addiction?

Although according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety may lead to drug addiction, it does not ALWAYS lead to addiction. There is a correlation between anxiety disorders and substance use but anxiety does not always result in substance abuse. Anxiety Medications Most medications given for anxiety even in childhood are benzodiazepines. These….

Continue reading

How Drug Rehab Centers Prevent Relapse

Don't go through relapse alone. Let us help you find a drug rehab center to help you overcome your addiction for good!

Drug relapse prevention is all about making sure that you recognize the signs of drug relapse in advance in order to prevent such an event from occurring but how do drug rehab centers help prevent relapse? You may think that drug rehab centers are reserved for those who have already relapsed or for those who….

Continue reading

Types of Treatment at a Rehab for Anxiety

anxiety help

Anxiety is most commonly described as a person who is in a recurrent state of extreme nervousness; it is often accompanied by compulsive behavior. . According to the National Institute of Mental Health anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older each year and causes these people to be filled….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This