Relapse is a common occurrence in addiction recovery, and there are several signs and symptoms that may indicate that someone has relapsed, including:
Changes in behavior: The person may become more secretive or defensive, and may isolate themselves from friends and family members.
Changes in mood: The person may become more irritable, anxious, or depressed.
Changes in appearance: The person may neglect their personal hygiene, and their appearance may deteriorate.
Changes in sleeping and eating habits: The person may experience changes in their sleeping and eating habits, such as sleeping more or less than usual, or eating more or less than usual.
Returning to old behaviors: The person may start using drugs or alcohol again, or may engage in other addictive behaviors such as gambling or shopping.
Denial: The person may deny that they have relapsed, or may minimize the severity of their relapse.
If you suspect that someone has relapsed, it’s important to approach them with empathy and understanding. Encourage them to seek professional help from a healthcare professional, addiction specialist, or rehabilitation facility. Offer your support and encourage them to develop healthy coping strategies to manage their addiction. It’s important to remember that recovery is a process, and setbacks are a normal part of that process. With the right support and resources, people can successfully navigate a relapse and continue on their path to recovery.