With any addiction, relapse is common. Recovery is an ongoing process, and sometimes we fall. We are human. If we fall, though, it is important to get back up. You have not failed and are not a failure. In fact, returning to treatment again after a relapse is a courageous step that not everyone chooses to take.
At Restoration Recovery, we understand that every recovery journey is different, and we couldn’t be more proud of this decision you are making. Relapse is usually a sign that treatment may need to be adjusted. We adapt with you because we know that circumstances change and people change. We make changes to fit your needs.
What Is a Relapse?
Relapse is defined as “the recurrence of SUD symptoms after a period of reduced or total cessation of substance use.” In this stage, the user has completely fallen from their recovery journey, reverting back to their substance use. This is a normal part of recovery, but it is often filled with guilt and shame. It is important to remember that you are human. We all make mistakes. No one is perfect.
A relapse is not to be confused with a lapse. While similar to a relapse, a lapse, is quite different. It is defined as “an initial phase that can eventually lead to problematic behaviors associated with substance use or a single episode of substance use.” What this means is an individual may have one drink or one single instance where they use their substance again, but this doesn’t lead to the reversion of their addiction.
What Are the Risks?
The prevalence of relapsing fluctuates between 40-60%. This high percentage can be the result of a number of reasons. Relapse is typically the result of triggers. Enduring withdrawal is a common contributor to relapse. In addition to this, going around former friends, acquaintances, and places that were previously in relation to the prior substance use can also result in relapse. Another trigger can even be anxiety and/or depression. Treatment is necessary to get back on track.
Starting Treatment Again After Relapse
With relapse comes guilt, and that can hold you back from starting treatment again. It can be scary to walk back through those doors or to pick up that phone and make that call. You may feel embarrassment or shame. It’s okay, though. All of us at Restoration Recovery understand you and are here to help you get through this.
We specialize in the recovery of addictions, including but not limited to the following:
- Ecstasy (MDMA, Molly)
- Methamphetamine and crystal meth
- Prescription drugs
Relapse is just a pothole in the path to healing. With a proper treatment plan, you can learn to:
- End addiction
- Achieve a long-lasting recovery free of substances
- Take control of your life again in work, home, and society
When you start treatment again after relapse, adjustments can be made and prevention plans will be reinforced.
How Can I Prevent Relapse?
Relapse is a normal part of recovery; however, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t actively try to prevent it. By developing an effective relapse prevention plan, you are taking a proactive step to better yourself and your future. At Restoration Recovery, our team of professionals can guide you through the process. Your plan may include the following key points:
- Setting future goals
- Developing a daily routine for structure
- Improving communication with family
- Lifestyle improvements and healthy self-care plans
- Plan for triggers
While plans don’t always go accordingly, and no plan is a guarantee, having a support system is essential to any successful recovery journey. Restoration Recovery is fully equipped with everything you need to overcome and conquer your addiction.
How Can Restoration Recovery Help?
Our recovery facility here in Sacramento, CA, is an accredited drug rehabilitation offering a wide variety of treatment modalities. We utilize many evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). While it may seem like an impossible feat, addiction can be overcome.
At Restoration Recovery, we have a passion for healing. Everyone deserves wholeness, and what sets us apart is how much we truly care about people, no matter what their circumstances are. Maybe you’ve never been to our treatment center before, or maybe you’ve relapsed and are ready to begin treatment again. With us, you are welcome.
No matter the circumstances, we welcome all walks of life. Wholesome healing isn’t a luxury. It should be available to anyone, and that is what we strive to provide to every client, every time. Failure isn’t in our vocabulary. We understand that setbacks happen, and we can help you get back on track. Your healing journey starts today.
You are human, and sometimes, humans fall down. Just as we did when we were children riding a bike for the first time, we must brush ourselves off and get back up. You are not alone in this. At Restoration Recovery, we understand what you’re feeling and the guilt you face. We are here to tell you that everything is okay. Relapse is merely a setback that you can overcome. Returning to treatment again is the best thing you can do for your mind and body. We are your soft place to land when things don’t go the way you planned. Life presents obstacles, and we can help you get past them. Call Restoration Recovery today at (888) 290-0925.