The choice to go through rehab for a substance abuse problem is not one that comes easy. Rehab doesn’t just affect the life of the user, but the user’s family as well. The numbers with rehabs are not always encouraging; the success rate is not 100 percent. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, six out of every 10 people admitted to treatment were not going to rehab for the first time in 2010. Some were even reported admitted that it was their fifth attempt at rehab. The risk of relapse, especially after the first time, looms over the user and their families. Loved ones might constantly wonder how the recovering addict is doing, an fear the phone call stated there was a relapse. However, there are several triggers that have been researched to predict and possibly prevent a relapse before it happens.
According to the National Mental Health Information Center, there are five triggers that might show danger signs of relapse.
1) Interpersonal friction – the person might have more unstable relations with others around them. This can cause depression, leading to the person withdrawing within themselves.
2) Feeling overwhelmed / having too much to do – the responsibilities can be overbearing on a person, especially when they are in the midst of recovering when they have a job. This might cause the person to simply neglect their responsibilities.
3) Being judged or criticized – The feeling of being judged is seldom positive, whether you’re a recovering addict or not. These feelings put pressure on a person. Expectations, though intent might be positive, can leave a person feeling overwhelmed or disappointed in themselves if they don’t meet expectations. This often has the reverse effect and can suppress a person.
4) Ending a relationship – Ending an intimate relationship can cause damage in more than one area. Leaving a loved one behind casts the recovering addict into a pit of loneliness and despair. That in itself can cause the addict to use again as there can be a perceived lack of reason to continue rehab.
5) Physical illness – A person feeling physically ill might be driven to use again to experience the euphoric effects of the substance.
Some of the signs might be more subtle, such as an increase in eating junk food or sleeping rather than handling responsibilities. Those on the verge of a relapse might not even realize the signs and think everything is normal, or that they feel better than they ever have. Their outlook on everything changes and it is important to make them aware of this fact before the relapse happens. The tools learned in individual and group sessions can make any relapse sign manageable. If you feel like you might be at risk for relapse, talk to your counselor or rehab staff.
Seeking Help with Narconon
Narconon Freedom Center has been helping people overcome substance abuse issues for over 40 years. With a 70 percent of graduates reporting drug abstinence through outcome studies, surveys and staff and client reviews, the staff at Narconon are well equipped to get those who are suffering from the hold of addiction back on the right track. Researchers have discovered a list of seven factors in recovery that must be covered before an addict can overcome their addiction. The methods, developed by Narconon, are simple and non-technical. A free study and information booklet is available on their website for those interested.
For more information on Narconon Freedom Center, its mission and programs, see more of our online site. If you or a loved one needs help overcoming a Molly or substance addiction, our counselors are waiting to talk to you.
Factors of Relapse Press Release – http://www.prweb.com/releases/narconon-releases/factors-relapse-booklet/prweb11311395.htm
Health Magazine – http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20189154,00.html