Chronic Relapse After Rehab – What Can You Do to Stop it?
If you’ve been to rehab and you still find that you’re struggling with chronic relapse, you should know that you’re not alone. Thousands of people who have gone to addiction treatment still find that they are struggling with relapsing again and again. In fact, it often doesn’t matter how hard they try to stay clean, relapses still seem to happen.
Why does this happen to so many people, and what can you do to stop the cycle and keep it from happening to you? By understanding what you’re really struggling with, and taking steps to ease the problem, you might just find that you are finally able to embrace a clean and sober lifestyle for good.
Back to Addiction Treatment
One of the things that many people who are struggling with chronic relapse don’t even consider is to go back to addiction treatment, but this time, doing things differently can help. A good example of this is when you never really felt like the treatment program you were in fit with your ideals and way of thinking.
We often believe that we are bad or unwilling to get clean if we “don’t get,” the treatment program we’re working on, but the truth is that each addiction is as individual as the recovery. There really is no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming an addiction. It’s possible that your last time in treatment was something you really struggled through in the hopes that you would be able to embrace the ideals and just never could.
You might also find that you simply miss the support of others who are in the same position as you are. It’s easier to do something when you’re in a place with others trying to do the same thing. You’ll experience fewer triggers and maybe even fewer urges by spending time with others who are also in recovery. In fact, group therapy is a pretty important part of any aftercare program, so if you’re not in it, you may want to be soon.
This is actually a really common cause of relapse, so you should consider the treatment you went through, and if you choose to return, take a little bit of time to really explore your options and find the right fit for your personality.
Figure Out if You’re Just Transferring Addictions
Another problem that many who struggle with chronic relapse have is that they have simply transferred their addiction. So, they might have stopped using heroin, but are back on pain pills or are taking anti-anxiety medications. While this might seem like a good idea, you’re not really overcoming addiction. You’re simply transferring your addiction to heroin onto something else that can be equally dangerous.
Over time, you might find that you decide that you’re going to “try,” your drug of choice and find that it’s just as easy to get hooked on it a second or third time as it was the first time.
Transferring addictions is also worrisome because as long as you keep using substances to get through the day, you’re not working on healing the very deep, possibly hidden problem that keeps you using in the first place. You’re still coping with unresolved issues such as trauma, low self-esteem, codependency, or underlying mental or emotional disorders.
The only way to really be able to stop chronic relapse is to figure out what’s going on in your heart and mind and get to work fixing it, and you can’t do that if you’re using other substances as a way to get through.
What’s worse is that many people believe that if they only drink alcohol or smoke pot, they aren’t going to get addicted, or that it’s a “lighter,” choice to help them through the darkest days of their recovery. You might be thinking that you don’t like the way you feel when you get drunk, so you won’t get addicted to it, but the thing is, you’re still getting drunk.
Redouble Your Efforts
It might be that your chronic relapse has more to do with not trying hard enough. And, no, this isn’t meant to be insulting to anyone, but the thing is sometimes, we just don’t want to try. Maybe that’s the case with you. Maybe you’re beating yourself up over your chronic relapse when the truth is you just don’t want to try to overcome your addiction.
There is no denying that you really have to be ready to quit your addiction. You need to be aware of what quitting is going to feel like and be like, and you have to want to live that new life. Sometimes, we just aren’t in that place.
No, this isn’t an invitation to go get high or start using your drug of choice again, but it is meant to be an encouragement to try and get yourself to a place where you are ready to start overcoming your addiction. Maybe just by writing down the positives of getting clean, you’ll find that you really want to. Maybe it will take a bit more, but by redoubling your efforts, you will probably start to find that you are ready to kick your habit for good.
Remember that not everyone comes to this decision at the same time. Some take quite a while to realize that they would really be happier if they could start living clean and sober, while others jump in with both eyes open right away because they really want to get out of the rut they’re in.
Moving Past the Guilt and Working to Change for You
Here’s the thing, if you’re struggling with chronic relapse, it probably goes a bit like this: you’re doing great for a while and then the feeling builds up. You relapse, you feel like crap. Your most important people notice and are disappointed, and you can tell. So, instead of feeling okay with trying again, you’re suddenly saying, “Screw it, I’m a disappointment anyway.” This is painful on so many levels, and if you don’t know that yet, then you should begin to understand.
You’re using guilt as an excuse to keep using or drinking, and that’s not okay. If you choose to relapse time and again, that’s your business. Of course, your loved ones will notice. They aren’t dumb, but they can’t control you or your addiction. If you’re not deliberately hurting them, why use their reactions as an excuse?
Instead, move past that guilt. Stop feeling like your whole worth is based on how other people feel about you and start choosing to make changes for you and how you feel. Until you can do this, you’re going to stay stuck in the same cycle. At the base of almost all recoveries from addiction is self-love. The ability to respect your life, be kind to yourself, and appreciate who and what you are can take you so far on your recovery journey and actually help you stop relapsing for good.
Your loved ones will always have an interest in what you do, but they aren’t the ones you need to answer to when things go bad. You are the one you have to answer to. When you understand this, you can begin to see why you should matter to you more than anyone else.
Taking the Steps to Stop Chronic Relapse
Now, if you can see that you’re tired of chronic relapse and want to start doing things differently, it’s time to take control and start making things happen for yourself and your recovery again. You might not even know where to start to make your relapses stop, but we can help.
When you call us at Elite Rehab Placement, you’re going to get to talk to an addiction specialist who really understands how hard it can be to live clean and sober. We get that recovery is a life-long struggle and sometimes, you need a little extra help with it. You’re not going to have to feel like you’re being pushed toward rehab because there are many different addiction treatment options that can help stop chronic relapse. Your addiction specialist is going to talk to you, get to know you and help you decide which option might be the best bet for your situation.
Not only that, but you’ll find that treatment of any kind is much easier to get when you know how much you’ll wind up having to pay, and that’s why we work with your insurance for you to help you make the most of your benefits and get the treatment you really need.
Whether it’s the first time you’re seeking addiction treatment or the 50th, we can help you get the treatment you need to make chronic relapse a thing of the past. Life is short, and relapses can keep going on and on if you don’t stop them. So, give us a call today and get started taking real control of your recovery and see what it’s like to live truly addiction-free.