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Relapse and Overdose

It’s no secret that with recovery often comes relapse. Relapse doesn’t equal failure. It is generally a sign that whatever you are currently doing to support your recovery journey isn’t quite the right path for you. It may mean you need additional mentoring, a meeting to attend on a regular basis, or an opportunity to learn new coping mechanisms and life skills. Whatever is accurate for your situation, relapse doesn’t mean you’ve failed, and it doesn’t mean you need to give up on your sobriety.

While relapse isn’t synonymous with failure, it is a serious issue that must be dealt with and can’t be ignored. Statistics show that a large number of those that relapse and use drugs again unknowingly overdose. It isn’t because they are intentionally taking more of the substance than they did when they were regularly using. It is because your body has lost the resistance it had built up during your regular usage. As you use a drug or alcohol for an extended period, your body becomes used to the substance, and it builds a tolerance to its effects in your system. When in recovery, your body has cleansed itself and so you experience a shock to your system when you reintroduce the substance. Often even a minimal dose is enough to cause an overdose when in recovery. It is for these reasons that many overdoses occur during relapse.

Relapse is a part of recovery, and because it is, you need to understand the dangers involved to prevent any potential overdose. Consider what substance was a part of your addiction and seek a professional opinion on the potential risk of overdose. Take time to understand the consequences of an overdose and take the necessary steps to keep yourself safe during your recovery.

Now it the time to start your life of recovery and end the hold addiction has over you. You don’t have to be a slave to alcohol or your drug of choice. Freedom is found in recovery. Take the chance on yourself and choose to get help and change your life. Villa Tranquil is a resort-like setting offering you a positive environment in which to focus on yourself and make the life changes needed in order to move on with your life and focus on your sobriety. You deserve to be free from addiction. Please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to get started today.