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What Happens After A Relapse?

The days, weeks even, leading up to a relapse often follow the same steps: emotional, mental, and physical. In the emotional stage, you may feel some symptoms of depression or anxiety. In the mental stage, you may feel like you want to use, but you know you shouldn’t. In the physical stage, you have fallen back into using. These phases leading up to a relapse are spoken about often. What happens after a relapse, however? What are the stages after an individual has used? How do they cope? Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to give you all the answers and more. Stick with us below for more information about what happens post-relapse. 

  • Denial returns

No one thinks about relapse as something they want. Of course, there may be urges to use the substance you had depended on for so long; but, no one wants to actually relapse. Individuals in recovery work tirelessly to make sure they stay on the road to recovery and sobriety. Relapses still happen, though. Once someone has relapsed, there is often a sense of denial that it has occurred. They have probably been working so hard and cannot believe they gave back into their urges. They may even question if just one sip counts as a relapse. Others may deny a cause for concern. If you’ve relapsed and you deny it, try to come to terms with the thought that you can stay clean. You can commit to not using. It takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it. 

  • Avoidance

Once you have gotten past the denial stage, an individual may begin to become avoidant or defensive. By brushing off their use, the individual is making sure to keep the relapse low-key. They don’t want to alarm friends or family, or even themselves. If a friend or family member confronts them about their relapse, the individual may get defensive and say they do not need help. In this stage, there may be urges to use again. These thoughts can lead to more avoidance and isolation. 

  • Spiral

These intense feelings that the individual has been dealing with may lead to further thoughts of using the substance they have been trying to avoid. Tunnel vision may occur to where they are only thinking about using and cannot complete the daily tasks they should be completing. In this stage, there is a significant lack of planning to get back on the road to recovery.

  • Stuck

In this stage, the individual who has relapsed may feel stuck in their ways. They may want to stop using, but they feel like they cannot get back to where they were. They feel like they are unable to get back to sobriety. 

  • Confusion

Because they are stuck, there may be difficulty figuring out how to stop using. This confusion can lead to overreacting to those who are just trying to help. In this stage, their emotions are often on high alert. 

  • Depression

Falling into a state of depression is not uncommon after a relapse. In this stage, they may not want to recover. Their habits become much like that of someone dealing with depression. They may often struggle to complete daily activities. 

  • Loss of control 

There may even be a loss of control that comes out after a relapse. They may begin to miss therapy sessions and blame it on anything but themselves. This loss of control can often lead to apathy. After a while, they may realize that they don’t have total control and may begin to pity themselves. Loss of self-confidence and falling back into patterns of using is common in this stage. 

  • Reduction

This is a pivotal stage where the individual has a few options: resent recovery, discontinue treatment altogether, be overwhelmed, frustrated, angry tense, lose control over their behavior, or decide to choose recovery.

If you decide that you need extra help after a relapse, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you. Call our staff today at 866-697-7573 for more information about how we can help you.