A relapse is described as it relates to addiction as "alcohol or drug relapse is the recurrence of any disease that has gone into remission or recovery. As a chronic disease, addiction is subject to periods of relapse. During the recovery process, you may become exposed to certain triggers and other risk factors that increase your risk of returning to substance abuse."
NIH describes it as, Sometimes people quit their drug use for a while, but start using again no matter how hard they try not to. This return to drug use is called a relapse. People recovering from
addiction often have one or more relapses along the way. Either way, it is described, both mean the same. A person has slipped from their program.
Once an addict is in treatment and recovery or recovering this is something we on this side don't even want to think about. We often try to put the word out of our mind. That is a mistake we make. Or a mistake I made anyway several times. Trust me, we have to be proactive by getting all the information we can. First, let me tell you relapse is not a sign of failure or weakness of the classic stigma that society would like to believe.
In fact, it is a sign that the disease of addiction which was once in remission has reoccurred. Yes, this addiction like any disease can go into remission. Remission is called Recovery using the terms of addiction.
It's easy telling our loved one to stay away from those old friends. You can block all of those numbers but they often have a mysterious way of coming back and sometimes under new names. We don't think about it.
One of the most important steps is treating addiction. This is often by sending them to a treatment facility. The facility may or may not detox them first and then start treating the underlying problems of this addiction. Some programs are 28 days, some are 30 days. More effective treatment can be as long as 8-12 months depending on the severity of the addiction and the mental illness that could be occurring. Many of the treatment centers and those helping know the one important step is giving those suffering from substance problems the means of overcoming their addiction. This often starts with detox and talking in groups going through the same.
Whatever program you choose, make sure that the mental health issues are being attended to. Make sure there is aftercare because after treatment, what now? Don't let the one suffering from addiction wondering what they should do next.
Just what are the signs of Relapse? Or that our loved one is struggling? Will we catch it in time?
For some drugs especially heroin, a relapse can be very dangerous—even deadly. If a person uses as much as they used to before quitting, they can easily overdose. An overdose occurs when the person uses too much of a drug and has a toxic reaction that results in serious, harmful symptoms or death. Someone can overdose on purpose or accidentally.
To those in recovery or recovering from this addiction
Many find it hard to find a place to live. The NIMBY crowd has forced political leaders in many towns to stay away from words such as a treatment center. I know I sound like a broken record, but we need all of the pillars of treatment right here for those who suffer from addiction. I hope you come back tomorrow to read my post about Stigma.
Other Links of Interest:
7 Signs of Relapse
Hidden Dangers of the Pink Cloud of Sobriety
Overcoming Drug Addiction
Self Help Groups for Addiction
The First Year in Recovery
Addiction Coping Skills
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NIH (Read only pdf)
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