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Overcoming and Learning from a Relapse

Overcoming Relapse

Talking with Compassion, Honesty, and Openness

Relapse is one of the most difficult things to talk about in recovery. This is especially true in a conversation between someone in early recovery and an individual with some experience. The newcomer needs to know that relapses happen. In fact, they’re quite common. Furthermore, they can be a very effective teaching moment and a source of motivation on one’s journey to recovery. However, relapses are often deadly. So while we mustn’t let the newcomer get discouraged over a relapse, we also need to stress its severity. We find that the best way to navigate these two sides is by talking about relapse with compassion, honesty, and openness.


Triggers, Coping Strategies, and Underlying Mental Health Conditions

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40% to 60% of individuals who struggle with substance use disorder will experience a relapse. This is roughly one out of every two and it’s a rate similar to other chronic medical illnesses. While these numbers may seem discouraging, they shouldn’t be taken as such, nor should they be a surprise. Addiction is a deeply rooted disease and healing involves changing behavior patterns that have been practiced for years. Individuals need to learn their triggers and how to manage them. Additionally, they need to practice positive coping strategies to replace maladaptive ones. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, they need a chance to address the underlying mental health conditions that have been driving their addiction.


Warning Signs of an Impending Relapse

It can often seem to individuals as if their relapse snuck up on them or sprang from nowhere. In actuality, these folks often lay the groundwork for their relapse months in advance, usually without even realizing it. They may start isolating themselves from others, particularly from family members who are aware of their struggles and friends in recovery. They may, for example, only go to one twelve-step meeting a month when they used to be going to several a week. Additionally, they might change their personal care routine. While they used to make an effort to eat healthily and exercise often, they now eat fast food exclusively and skip the gym entirely. These are all slips back into old behavior and strong indicators of a possible future relapse.


Innovative, Creative Care

The clients at Creative Care learn these signs and others and get a chance to practice positive coping skills in a safe, supportive environment. Meanwhile, our expertly trained therapists help clients uncover and process the trauma beneath their co-occurring substance use disorder. This is what we mean by treating the “whole person”. Furthermore, we coordinate our services to treat each client comprehensively from admissions to aftercare.

Additionally, services may include:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Medications
  • Family or couples therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Nutrition group
  • Equine group
  • Yoga and other relaxation therapies

We work as a team to lead our clients to live a new life of happiness and fulfillment. If you or someone you love is suffering from a co-occurring substance use disorder, start the recovery process today. Call Creative Care at 855-954-0762.