Recognizing drug relapse is essential for individuals in recovery to be able to address it and seek appropriate help. The following signs may indicate drug relapse:
Strong cravings for the drug
Compulsive thinking about using the drug
Hanging out with old friends who use drugs
Going to places where drugs are available
Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression
Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home
Lying or being dishonest about drug use
Financial problems, such as spending money on drugs
Withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug.
If you or a loved one experience any of these signs, it may be time to seek professional help and support. It’s essential to have a plan in place for relapse prevention, including having a support system, avoiding triggers, and seeking professional help when needed.