Engaging in Old Behaviors
Once you break with your recovery, you can lose your peace. Lose your peace, and it can go downhill from there – you start acting as you did in your addiction. When this starts happening, you’re looking at a major warning sign of relapse.
When you work a recovery program, it doesn’t just keep you from using; it changes your outlook on life. And throughout time, it reinforces that outlook, which is beneficial to your mental health. You start to lose the negative thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors and exchange them for healthy ones.
As soon as you notice that these behaviors are coming back, it helps to take immediate action. Examples of these behaviors are stealing, lying, manipulating your loved ones, or not controlling your emotions.
Recovery isn’t just about stopping the use of drinking or using. It’s about stopping ALL negative, toxic, and unethical behaviors. It’s about becoming the best version of you.
If you distance yourself from recovery, negative behaviors can start to return, and sometimes it happens quickly. When those negative behaviors start to return, you should do everything in your power to prevent yourself from falling in line with them. Our attitudes and thoughts inform our actions.
Take preventative measures like calling a supportive friend, schedule an appointment with a substance abuse counselor, or attend a meeting. It’s hard, but if you decide to help yourself, it will get better.
Relapse Can Get Ugly Fast
If you relapse, things can get ugly fast. In fact, many who had relapsed later say that they were astounded at how quickly they got back to right where they were before they sought help.
You have to be open and honest with those in your support system. You have to make your way back to recovery.
Your perspective can change when you realize that relapse happens way before picking up and starting to use or drink. It happens in our mind and at first very subtly. Subconsciously, and then consciously.
A person in the midst of a relapse can look back over the days, weeks, and maybe even months leading to the relapse. Often, they can pinpoint the natural progression of relapse and how they slid right into it.
Sometimes it’s a clear event or series of decisions that can be pinpointed with ease; other times, it’s a result of ongoing negative unchecked thought life.
If you relapse, there’s hope and a way back into recovery. But if you haven’t relapsed yet and are concerned you will, you have the ability to make the right choices that keep you on track.
If a Relapse Happens
If you end up suffering a relapse, it doesn’t have to be the end of your recovery journey. Use your relapse as a learning experience. Lean into your support system harder than ever.
Don’t beat yourself up. Commit to your recovery with all your mind, heart, and strength.
A lesson can be pulled out of even the worst of situations. If you take those lessons, you become wiser and more equipped for long-term recovery.
Share your experience with those who are in the beginning stages of recovery. Let those who need it most hear from you because sharing your experience can save lives.
If you see signs of a potential relapse in a loved one, be honest with them. Tell them what you see.
No matter your situation, you can reach out for help and get answers to your questions by calling us at 1 (888) 906-0952. We will give you a no-obligation confidential consultation.
We can discuss your situation with you and the best route to take to get the help you or a loved one needs!