Relapse Signs | Relapse Warning Signs and Triggers
Alcoholism, in modern addiction theory, is viewed as a chronic disease. What this means is that a person can go through treatment and they can be in recovery, which is almost like a type of remission, but relapse is possible. It’s important for people to take the necessary steps to maintain their recovery, such as participating in 12-step programs and ensuring they have appropriate social support to reduce the risk of a relapse.
It’s also essential to understand relapse warning signs and triggers, and this is a big part of a successful long-term recovery from alcoholism.
- Sudden changes in mood can be a big red flag that a relapse is either about to occur, or is already underway. Mood swings can include things like denial, secrecy, and irritability.
- Speaking of irritability, this is often one of the first relapse signs that people will notice around an addict.
- Going back to old patterns, routines or friend groups can be one of the signs of relapse. Specific examples could include going to a bar where the person hung out when they were drinking, or seeing friends they typically drank with rather than spending times with friends who are also in recovery.
- Relapse warning signs often include missing outpatient groups, 12-step meetings or other supportive or aftercare programs.
- Impulsivity can be a relapse sign.
- Problems in relationships tend to be one of the top relapse triggers people face when they’re a recovering alcoholic. Relationships can include marriages or romantic relationships, friendships or relationships with family members.
- Boredom is an unfortunate relapse trigger for people in many instances. You might not even realize what a big role boredom initially played in your alcoholism, so you should plan for this and come up with strategies that will allow you to deal with your boredom in healthier and more productive ways.
- While we often think of stressful or sad times as being relapse triggers, happy or celebratory times can also create a trigger. For example, if you’re at a party or you’re celebrating something good that’s happened, it can be tempting to want to drink at that time.
- Of course, stressful situations are also relapse triggers, but during treatment, alcoholics can learn how they can deal with these problems before it becomes a relapse.
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