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Friday, November 3, 2017

What Causes Relapse?



What Causes Relapse?


Addiction is a chronic illness that causes obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.  Just like cancer and heart disease, addiction has no cure.  While being in recovery provides treatment, there is no permanent cure and up to 60% of people relapse at least once.  Relapse can be caused by various reasons, depending on the individual and situation.
Stress appears to be a common denominator in most relapses.  Unfortunately, stress is unavoidable.  It comes with death, birth, career changes, and marriage.  If you’re new to recovery, it’s important that you develop effective coping strategies so you may face the challenges life gives you, instead of running to the bottle, pipe, or needle.  Mental exercise, such as mindfulness, is a great practice.  When practicing meditation, you become one with your mind, body, and spirit.  You do this by focusing on the sensations coming from all your senses.  You smell the flowers, feel the cool breeze, and hear the birds chirp.  Doing this allows you to obtain a great sense of serenity.  Physical exercise, such as running or yoga can help combat stress, too.  Cortisol levels are increased during exercise, which enhances your mood and makes you forget about your stressors.
Another cause of relapse can be caused by a failure to identify your triggers early on.  Triggers are something, anything, that can cause a relapse.  Sometimes they are unavoidable, but you can steer clear of many once you pinpoint them.  A trigger can be seeing a certain cocktail you used to drink or running into old using buddies.  If you know seeing old friends may be a trigger for relapse, then avoid hanging out with them for a while until you’re less vulnerable.  
If you’re in recovery, it is important that you set up a good support system.  Finding a sponsor or mentor you are able to call often will help tremendously.  They are like a great friend who is able to take an objective view on your problems and provide a constructive opinion.  They can also be a shoulder to cry on when things aren’t going well.  In addition to your sponsor, you should make friends in recovery.  They help hold you accountable and keep you on the road of recovery.  Addiction is an execrable and selfish disease that wants you to suffer.  However, if you learn your triggers and how to appropriately deal with stress, you can be part of the 40% that obtain long-term sobriety.

Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit.

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