The 3 Stages of Relapse and How to Avoid Them with Harbor Village Detox – New Jersey
Most victims of addiction are caught by surprise by relapse, because the signs and signals of impending relapse mirror the progression of drug and alcohol addiction- which has become normalized for victims suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. Being able to identify the three stages of relapse will help you identify key components of regression and avoid them! You can even help your loved ones overcome an impending relapse by helping them recognize the signs and stages of relapse. If you do recognize the signs of relapse, you can alert your loved one’s addiction professional immediately for enrollment in immediate life saving addiction relapse treatment.
The stages of relapse are three distinct signals of regression into chronic behaviors. To break the cycle of relapse before it manifests, one must be able to correctly recognize the disease of addiction creeping its ugly head in, before it’s too late. (Remember, those affected by relapse are more likely to suffer from a fatal relapse, because their tolerance levels to addiction would have severely decreased during their period of abstinence.)
The Stages of Relapse:
Relapse Stage One:
Relapse begins with emotional discord, and feelings of being overwhelmed and lost. Despite the environment of addiction treatment, patients who are not open about their lingering feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, or other underlying feelings causing unrest will seek to relieve themselves by falling back into their old habits of substance abuse. Someone suffering from emotional relapse will isolate themselves, stop showing up to treatment (or may not participate in group discussions), and suffer from chronic mood swings.
Relapse Stage Two:
The second stage of relapse occurs in the mental plane, and is characterized as reliving the days of addiction in the mind. Patients experiencing mental relapse will remember their substance abuse days fondly, and yearn to revisit their old environments of abuse, and call up their old friends they used to get high with. Typically those struggling with mental relapse will strive to live up to the ideals of staying clean and sober, but may succumb to reliving the feigned solace of addiction. Someone struggling with mental addiction may speak fondly of their days of addiction, begin hanging around old environments of abuse, disappear unexpectedly, and resign themselves from attending addiction treatment.
Relapse Stage Three:
If both emotional and mental relapse are unaddressed, physical regression is inevitable. Physical relapse is the physical use of drugs or alcohol. Keep an eye out for stray drug paraphernalia, the return of old associates of substance abuse and addiction, missing money, drastic changes in moods or behavior, in addition to verbal cues which may give way to revealing a relapse.
If you’ve experienced a relapse, don’t give up hope! Most victims of ineffective addiction detox centers in New Jersey experience relapse within the first month of treatment; it’s become the “standard” pitfall of addiction treatment. Harbor Village Detox provides the pinnacle of relapse prevention therapy during drug detox, and is now accepting patients from New Jersey.
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About the Author
JessiRae Pulver-Adell is an addiction & recovery blogger for Harbor Village. She writes to elucidate the disease of addiction and is an activist for the homeless and animals. She enjoys furry creatures, Jrock, and towering bookshelves! Have a story or a pitch to share? Email her directly at Jupveradell@harborvillageflorida.com.