After a relapse, it is common for people to experience feelings of guilt, shame, or regret, and to feel like giving up the fight and giving into their addiction rather than continuing the hard but rewarding work of recovery. Certainly, it is easier to give in than to fight. But you are worth the fight! Remember, you have already recognized that your life has value and you took action to do something about the addiction. The first step in recovery is always the hardest. There is still hope, even after a relapse.
The first thing that needs to be considered is whether a relapse has actually occurred. If you have experienced a single isolated incident in which you picked up again, but then caught yourself and realized that you want to hang onto your sobriety and are determined to do so, that is not a relapse that would necessitate going back to treatment. Rather, you should be able to get back on track by discussing the incident with someone in your support system, perhaps your sponsor or counselor, and fully recommitting to your recovery. But if you are not able to do so, that is an indication of relapse, in which case you should consider returning to treatment immediately.
Asana Recovery offers a variety of approaches to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and customizes a program for every client in order to provide them with the greatest chance for success in their recovery.
Relapse can happen to anyone—it isn’t based on your drug of choice, how long you used or how long you have been sober, and it can happen for a number of reasons, any one of which can lead you to pick up again: doubts about yourself, cravings, triggers, even boredom are just a few of the many things that can cause a relapse. The important thing is to recognize it and do something about it right away. You will know if you have relapsed by the way you are thinking about using again, how you are responding to triggers and cravings, etc. If you think you may have relapsed but just aren’t sure, give us a call at Asana Recovery and talk to one of our knowledgeable and caring admissions counselors, who will help you determine whether you have actually relapsed and should return to treatment.
And if you have relapsed, it doesn’t mean that you are a failure or that you cannot succeed in recovery, but you may need a different and/or longer treatment program than what you had previously, or additional therapy in a treatment setting to reinforce previously effective treatment. When you return to drug or alcohol rehab, you can use your time there to explore the cause of the relapse and discuss with a counselor whether your plan for preventing relapse needs additional work, such as identifying possible previously unrecognized triggers, or the way in which you respond to them.
Why Didn’t Previous Treatment Work?
It is natural to ask yourself questions like that when you relapse, but the fact is that a relapse does not mean that the treatment program was ineffective—though, again, it could mean that you need more reinforcement of therapies, perhaps for a longer period of time, or an alternative therapy.
Asana Recovery provides both traditional and alternative therapies and offers residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction for up to 90 days. We tailor the treatment program to the particular needs of each client, including those who may have relapsed, in order to maximize effectiveness. Therapy can be supplemented by such things as learning to deal with stress through deep breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga.
You Can Do This Again
Having to think about going back to rehab is difficult and unpleasant for most people who find themselves struggling again with addiction to drugs or alcohol. The decision to get back into treatment takes courage, but not only will it help someone to regain their life in recovery, it can also be a real life-saver. Relapse can be more dangerous than the previous round of addiction, so it is important for someone who has relapsed to seek help right away.
Think about this: people who have been to rehab before and have experienced life clean and sober for some period of time are less likely to relapse after getting treatment again because they tend to come out more committed to their recovery—more determined to make it stick. In other words, going back into treatment after a relapse gives you a greater chance of being able to stay clean and sober for the rest of your life.
If you think you have relapsed, call us at Asana Recovery. We can help. Call now!