A relapse typically has three stages: emotional, mental, and physical. Stressful situations and everyday challenges can affect emotional well-being, and without the proper coping skills, they can lead to negative thoughts that affect one’s mental state, often resulting in an anxious or depressive feelings. As these feelings deepen, it becomes easier to justify returning to old habits to cope with the stress, and if left unchecked, the physical stage of relapse may happen, where actual use of drugs or alcohol occurs. Some of the most common triggers for relapse include:
- Lack of self-care, including poor diet, sleep, and stress management
- Relationship and work problems
- Uncomfortable emotions, including anger, loneliness, and tiredness
- Isolation from family and friends
- Reminders of using, such as people, places, or things associated with drugs or alcohol
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses
Before a relapse proceeds to the physical stage, there will often be warning signs, such as negative emotions, isolating oneself, neglecting self-care, justifying drug use, and remembering old times fondly. By understanding the conditions in which a relapse occurs, it will be more possible to avoid one. At The Blanchard Institute, we can help you prevent a relapse through ongoing support, stress management, and more.
To learn how we can help with relapse prevention in Charlotte, contact our team today!