Signs You are Headed for a Relapse (And How to Get Back on Track)

March 9, 2016 - , - 0 Comments

So, you made it through rehab and have been clean for a while. We commend you for this good thing that you’ve done for yourself. This is not the time to become complacent, however. Even the soberest recovering addict may find themselves tempted to try their drug of choice “just one time.” Please don’t.

Here are some warning signs to watch out for:

Skipping meetings

This may be the strongest clue that you’re on the way to a relapse. If a 12-step program helped you to stop using, don’t stop going to meetings. Even if you worked the steps, there is always more you can do to stay sober and healthy. Remember, service to others is a crucial component of a healthy recovery. Keep going to meetings and sponsor someone. Doing so may strengthen your own recovery in remarkable ways.

Hanging out with addicts

You may think that once you’ve stopped using, it’s safe to hang out with the people you used to use with. Bad idea. It’s not wise to revisit that part of your past. Instead, spend time with people who are as interested in staying clean and sober as you are. Call a sponsor, or call us. We are always here to help.

Thinking that “just once” won’t hurt

This is an attitude that people in recovery call “stinking thinking.” You may romanticize the days when you used. The truth is, “just one” will never be enough. Most people who relapse quickly return to the same -or worse- level of addiction that they were at before they went to rehab. Instead of trying “just a little bit,” call your sponsor. Contact a recovery center. Talk to a sober friend or family member.

You dream of using your drug of choice

Addiction is cunning and powerful. Now that you’ve been sober for some time, you might find yourself dreaming of your drug of choice. If it happens to you, take heart. Most former addicts have those sorts of dreams now and then. If you wake up and feel the urge to use, call a sponsor without delay. Find a meeting close to your location and attend. You’ll be doing yourself a wonderful favor.

It’s easier (and saner) to catch potential relapse before it happens. We understand that the urge to relapse can be quite strong. That’s why we’re always here to take your call.

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