The Stages of Relapse
There are three stages of relapse that you should know about. These include:
The first stage is an emotional relapse. Here identifying and coping with your feelings is important. You must understand that life is a series of ups and downs. How you cope with these will determine whether you remain sober. As an addict, your drug of choice provided a temporary …show more content…
Although it's normal to think about using again, it doesn't mean you'll relapse. It does mean your brain's addictive centers are being activated and your cravings are growing stronger. Being cautious here is vital because in a short amount of time you'll start bargaining with yourself, putting yourself in risky situations with others who are using drugs, skipping meetings and therapy sessions, and mentally planning how you'll relapse yourself. Fortunately, it's still not too late to avoid a physical relapse. By realizing what you're doing here you can make an escape plan so you don't relapse.
The third stage is the physical relapse. This is when you start using drugs again. When it happens you must seek help. Don't be too hard on yourself as you do so. You probably missed the signs of your relapse that started days, weeks or even months ago. With a little help, hopefully you'll recognize them next time.
Understanding how You're Effected by the Stages of Relapse
The stages of relapse occur gradually. It starts with certain triggers which usually have to do with a form of rejection or disappointment. This causes your emotions to mentally rationalize your substance use and you then revert back to abusing drugs.
Although addiction is a chronic disease, the stages of relapse are just another challenge for you to overcome. In doing so you'll grow stronger as a