Relapse in the Recovery Process: Why Do People Relapse?
Relapsing is a natural part of the recovery process. Numerous things could cause a relapse, such as stress, spending time with people who use drugs, challenging emotions, and celebratory times or holidays.
Recovery is a healing journey, but it doesn't come without the occasional setback. Remember that change is a process that is not linear but rather a series of ups and downs.
Stress & Negative Emotions
Stress is one potential cause of relapse because people don't always know how to cope with the pressures of life, like looking for a job or ending a relationship. Since stress causes negative or challenging emotions, you may return to drug use to get temporary relief from those feelings.
Spending time with friends who still use is a potential trigger for relapse. It is crucial to distance yourself from anyone who is a bad influence during your recovery, especially if being near them makes it easy for you to return to drug use.
Celebratory Times & Holidays
Another trigger for many people occurs during celebrations like birthdays and holidays. During these times, they feel less inhibited and may feel like using once will be okay, even though it might lead to relapse.
What to Learn from a Relapse
Be aware of your triggers such as the emotions, people, and situations that may put you at risk of relapse. Although it can be challenging to avoid such feelings, people, and conditions, you do have control over it. Just being mindful of these potential triggers will help you.
Recovery is a long-term commitment and relapsing, and other setbacks are part of it. See relapses as opportunities to grow, learn, and overcome your dependence once and for all.