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What Happens If I Relapse?
“I relapsed.” is a common statement made by many recovering from addiction. If you or a loved one has relapsed, you are not alone.
According to the National Institutes of Health’s Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction nearly 40 to 60 percent of people experience a substance abuse relapse.
The chemical nature of drugs and alcohol can draw the best of us back to them, even after treatment.
So read on to learn more about relapse and how we Resurgence Behavioral Health can help.
While we structure our treatment to try to prevent relapse, we understand how natural relapse is.
According to the National Institutes of Health’s Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction,
“The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse, or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop, can be part of the process, but newer treatments are designed to help with relapse prevention. Relapse rates for drug use are similar to rates for other chronic medical illnesses.”
Therefore, relapse simply means you returned to deeply rooted habits.
And it’s our job to simply modify your recovery to get you back to sobriety.
What Happens If I Relapse? – The Cause
Remember: relapse is not your fault. It’s okay to admit “I relapsed.” According to Harvard Medical School’s Addiction and the problem of relapse, “Research on the brain is showing that addiction is a matter of memories, and recovery is a slow and hesitant process in which the influence of those memories is diminished… What makes permanent recovery difficult is a drug-induced change that creates lasting memories.”
Both your body and your mind can lead you back to drugs or alcohol. Whether you are around those you used with or you are dealing with stress, your mind can impart positive memories of substance abuse.
Because, even with detox and rehab, even the slightest trigger can inspire a positive recollection.
As Shatterproof’s The Reality of Relapse states, “While detoxification begins the process of detoxifying your system from the effects of drugs and alcohol, it doesn’t reverse the changes in the brain that have been caused by drugs or alcohol. As a result, the recovering brain will always be more susceptible to a craving activating a compulsion to use.”
What Happens If I Relapse? – The Effect on Mental Illness
Since substance and psychiatric disorders are so commonly linked, a relapse of one often causes a relapse of the other. In fact, the same brain functions that cause a relapse in mental illness are often the same ones that cause a substance abuse relapse.
So when we are evaluating a substance abuse relapse, we always evaluate your mental state as well. Part of our Dual Diagnosis program is to treat the two simultaneously to better prevent future relapse.
Therefore, we evaluate relapse triggers such as stress and anxiety so we can help you manage them without substances. And don’t let shame or guilt from relapse allow you to feel depressed.
That will only further your relapse descent. Remain confident that we will work together to get your mental health and recovery moving in a positive direction.
Relapse Recovery at Resurgence Behavioral Health
At Resurgence Behavioral Health in California, we understand the potential of relapsing. We also understand how hard it is to recover from relapse. We offer alcohol rehab, drug rehab, and both to treat any substance abuse.
We structure our rehabilitation with positive triggers and design individualized therapy plans to develop tools for lifelong recovery. We are also adept in relapse recovery.
We are here to ensure you will beat any addictions you come in with. To do that, we offer detox programs, rehabilitation programs, and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) post-recovery. We also have a variety of counseling options to treat any mental illness alongside your addictions.
Read on to learn more about our treatment options.
Inpatient and Outpatient Programs
We understand that you may have to approach recovery differently due to your lifestyle or the potential of future relapse. Our outpatient drug and alcohol treatment are alternative options for those who cannot attend our residential program.
It is ideal for people who are employed and cannot leave their jobs or those who cannot leave the family. It is also a more affordable option. However, after relapse, you may be looking for more intensive rehabilitation and closer monitoring.
Each inpatient facility provides close supervision by highly trained staff, 24-hour medical care, individual and group therapy sessions, healthy meal options, and a relaxing environment.
Our Approach to Rehabilitation
We know that lifelong sobriety is not impossible. Therefore, we take a customized, patient-centric approach to rehabilitation. We understand substance abuse relapse needs special attention.
If you come to us for help with a relapse, we will begin by completing an assessment to devise a plan for your full, long-term recovery. If you were with us before, we will evaluate your former plan and how we can adjust it to prevent further relapse.
Our treatment programs address all the underlying conditions for addiction to allow you to take ownership of your recovery. Our customized approach, coupled with our staff of highly motivated and well-trained professionals, ensure that you or your loved one will receive excellent care during and after treatment.
Some of the rehabilitation treatments we offer include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT
- Stress Management
- Group Therapy
- Medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings
Intensive Outpatient Program
If you complete recovery with us in an inpatient or outpatient setting or if you are recovering from a relapse and are needing extra help during this time, please check out our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Managing recovery from a relapse substance after rehab can be especially difficult. In IOP you will have the flexibility to maintain much of your daily normal routine while working on maintaining sobriety.
IOP is a good treatment option if you do not have the means to leave your job or if you have to stay home for any other reason. You will receive support from therapy groups and gain the ability to apply the skills you learned during treatment all while maintaining your regular lifestyle.
Resurgence Payment and Insurance
We firmly believe that every patient should receive the best care possible when it comes to treating your addiction. And this means not having to worry about the cost, especially while trying to recover from a relapse.
At Resurgence, we will build your treatment plan at an affordable cost while still providing the best care possible. For our services, we accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment.
We will also communicate with your insurance provider, on your behalf, to ensure that you or your loved one is provided with a custom recovery program for your individual situation without the high cost.
We are here to help and support you through finding your truest self while leaving your most destructive self behind.
We understand what it takes to get you through your addiction and the emotional and psychological support you’ll need from us, to become your best self.
Contact us today with questions or concerns.