Relapse is a common occurrence for many people struggling with opiate addiction. There are several reasons why opiate addicts may relapse, including:
Physical dependence: Opiates are highly addictive drugs that can cause physical dependence, meaning that the body becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug and experiences withdrawal symptoms when the individual stops using it. These symptoms can be intense and difficult to manage, which may cause the individual to return to opiate use to alleviate the discomfort.
Psychological dependence: In addition to physical dependence, individuals may also become psychologically dependent on opiates, meaning that they rely on it to cope with stress, anxiety, or other emotions. If the individual doesn’t have alternative coping mechanisms in place, they may turn back to opiates when faced with stressful situations or negative emotions.
Triggers: Certain people, places, or situations associated with opiate use can trigger cravings and make it difficult for the individual to resist the urge to use again.
Lack of support: Having a strong support system is important for maintaining recovery, but if the individual doesn’t have access to supportive friends or family members, or if they lack resources for professional treatment, it can be challenging to stay sober.
Complacency: When an individual has been sober for a significant amount of time, they may start to feel that they have their addiction under control and become complacent. This can lead to a false sense of security and make it easier to justify using opiates again.
It’s important to understand that relapse is a common part of the recovery process, and it doesn’t mean that the individual has failed. It’s important to seek professional help if you are struggling with opiate addiction or are concerned about relapse. Treatment options may include therapy or counseling, medically assisted detoxification, or support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.