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What To Do When An Addict Has A Relapse?

Before establishing long-term recovery, it is common for an addict to suffer at least one relapse. If you know someone who is attempting to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction, remind them that relapse is likely, but that there are steps they can take to avoid it. If a person has relapsed, it is necessary to let go of the guilt and shame associated with the lapse, move one and devise a plan to avoid relapsing.

The very first important thing to do after a relapse is to reach out for help.  Surround yourself with positive influences that can offer advice and direction on how to get back on track after a relapse.  The next step is to create appropriate boundaries to protect yourself. Stay away from people who are abusive and in dangerous situations. After a relapse, it’s also crucial to take care of oneself emotionally and physically. Take part in activities that will help you relax and unwind. Participate in an activity that gives you pleasure while causing no damage. Lastly, devise a relapse prevention plan. You can include a list of local addiction help groups or compose a comprehensive plan that details your drug usage triggers.

Know your triggers and avoid them. After a relapse, people need professional assistance to stop using. You can use the extra help of an addiction treatment program for the second, third, or even fourth time. We can help, give us a call.