Overcoming relapse: Strategies for bouncing back stronger in recovery

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Overcoming relapse: Strategies for bouncing back stronger in recovery

12 July, 2024Articles, News

What Causes Relapse?

Causes of relapse are individual in nature. What leads one person down the path of re-engaging in substance use may be entirely different for another. Still, there are certain risk factors to be aware of, such as:

  • Feelings of shame and regret – Often, feelings of shame and regret can lead to isolation, as they separate a person from their recovery community.
  • Triggers and lack of coping skills – Not knowing how to face or handle triggers can lead to relapse. Discussing how to navigate these triggers with a person’s recovery community will benefit their chances of long-term sobriety.
  • Low motivation for maintaining sobriety – If a person does not want to change their lifestyle or still has
  • positive feelings about substance use, it will be more challenging for them to maintain sobriety.
  • Lack of emotional and social support – Without emotional and social support, a person is more prone to isolation and having inadequate recovery-oriented support.
  • Insufficient changes in environmental factors – Continuing to frequent environments where a person formerly used substances can lead to relapse due to peer pressure or simply falling into old habits.

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Often, when a person is headed toward a relapse, signs or changes in behaviour can appear well before the actual relapse. With the help of a person’s recovery community, these signs can be identified and worked through before relapse occurs:

Signs of a relapse may include:

  • Self-isolation
  • Poor self-care
  • Romanticizing past substance use
  • Experiencing cravings for substances
  • Sleep problems
  • Change in eating habits
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Cessation of treatment medication

What To Do When You Relapse

If a relapse happens, take a deep breath and know this is something that can occur during recovery.

The relapse is often an indicator of an issue that was not previously addressed, so this is the time when it can be explored and, if appropriate, treated by a professional. A few questions to consider after a relapse has occurred are:

  • Is Detox Needed?

Some substances, such as alcohol, can be dangerous to detox from alone without medical intervention. Therefore seeking professional help with a detox is adviceable.

  • Do I Need To Be In Treatment?

Inpatient and outpatient services are available, and treatment facilities will be happy to conduct an assessment to identify what level of care would be most appropriate.

  • What Happened That Caused the Relapse?

Many times, thoughts of relapse or changes in lifestyles occur well before the incident. While there might have been one incident that pushed an individual to relapse, its possible risk factors had been there for a while.

What Is The Addiction Recovery Process Like After A Relapse?

The addiction recovery process after a relapse might be easier than early recovery.

After a relapse, you know what works and what does not work in recovery. You have experience in addiction treatment. Now, you have a better sense of your triggers, know who you can go to, and what you can do.

Unlike your first stay at a treatment center, now you know how to get on the right track. You also know that you can get on the right path.

You’ve done this before, and you will get through it again.

  • Continuing outpatient therapy services
  • Treatment for underlying mental health issues, including psychiatric care and medication
  • Involving family members in your support system and treatment planning
  • Getting into a social support group, such as:
  • 12-Step Meetings, like Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous
  • SMART Recovery
  • Support groups for other addictive behaviours, like video games or
  • Creating structure and accountability:
    • How will you and your loved ones hold you accountable for your recovery?
    • How often will you attend therapy, support group meetings, and other activities to keep you on the right path?

Don’t wait to create a relapse prevention plan. You might be in denial of the possibility of a future relapse. Addiction, like all chronic diseases, carries the risk of relapse.

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  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
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Empowering Yourself: Taking Charge of Your Addiction Recovery Journey

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Empowering Yourself: Taking Charge of Your Addiction Recovery Journey

05 July, 2024Articles, News

Whether you’re just starting out or have been on this path for a while, understanding your own power and actively participating in your recovery can make a significant difference. In this post, we’ll explore practical steps and insights to help you take charge of your healing process.

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Journaling for Self-Reflection

Journaling is a powerful tool that can support individuals in their recovery from addiction. It provides a safe and private space for self-reflection, emotional healing, and personal growth. Consider using journal prompts to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences honestly. By gaining a better understanding of yourself, you can uncover the root causes of your addiction and embark on a path of healing.

Staying Motivated

Maintaining motivation throughout your recovery journey is crucial. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and find inspiration in success stories from others who have overcome addiction at support group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous . Surround yourself with positive influences and consider seeking professional guidance when needed.

Identifying Triggers

Understanding your triggers is essential. Situations, emotions, or people that lead you toward addictive behaviours. By identifying these triggers, you can develop coping strategies and avoid high-risk situations.

Self-Care Practices

Prioritise self-care. After rehab, continue practicing self-care routines that strengthen your recovery. Whether it’s mindfulness, exercise, or connecting with loved ones, find what works best for you.

Reinventing Yourself

Recovery is an opportunity for reinvention. Embrace the journey of becoming the best version of yourself. Explore new hobbies, set goals, and focus on personal growth.

Remember, you have the power to shape your recovery journey. Empower yourself by journaling, staying motivated, and practicing self-care. You’re not alone – many have walked this path before you, and you can overcome addiction with determination and support.

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  • The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.
    Oliver VG
    Read more
  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
    Read more
  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
    Angelique J
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Boosting Self-Esteem in Recovery: Embrace Uniqueness

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Boosting Self-Esteem in Recovery: Embrace Uniqueness

28 June, 2024Articles, News

Low self-esteem, lack of believe and faith in one self and lack of self-acceptance. 

All these add more contribution to substance addiction. 

Addiction can be a destructive replacement to a life yearning for a belonging or be a part of.

Active addiction takes away everything from the individual addicted to substances, be it dreams, goals, qualifications, money, careers, homes and even lives. That’s what addiction does it kills.

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Recovery on the other hand restores lives to sanity.

Choices made in active addiction are mostly poor choices governed by insane decision making. 

Recovery builds up individuals in all areas of life.

Emotionally, physically spiritually and even mentally and it is when such process takes place that the recovering person starts to learn self acceptance, learn about having esteem in one self and embracing life a day at a time as it comes without seeking solutions from destructive habits.

Self-esteem is important, for one recovering individual is able to inspire another recovering individual through sharing recoveries possibilities. 

One way self-esteem is practice in my experience is getting the individual on early recovery stages to share in recovery meetings around a crowd , as frightened as that individual may be but doing so regardless of fear increases esteem and confidence and is able to feel inspired and also can see it meaningful to help others aswell and by so doing gets to enjoy and embrace their recovery journey and it’s uniqueness, as the recovery journey is tailor made. 

There are no shortcuts, work must be done and self-esteem, embracing recovering and being helpful all starts with putting in the work.

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  • The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.
    Oliver VG
    Read more
  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
    Read more
  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
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Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse Co-Occurrence Patterns

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Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse Co-Occurrence Patterns

21 June, 2024Articles, News

Mental health disorders commonly associated with severe drug abuse may include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, manic depression, attention deficit hyperactivity, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive -compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and anti- social personality.

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Substance use and addiction does contribute to the development of mental illness and may trigger changes in the brain structure and function that make an individual likely to develop a mental health disorder. When a person is experiencing a mental illness, this usually paves the way to substance addiction, a lot of people use drugs and alcohol to escape painful emotions as well as to get them through their life, work and duties. Dual diagnosis is best treated through integrated treatment which is able to address both issues at the same time, this kind of treatment is suitable as it addresses both the mental health disorders and substance abuse.

In most cases frequent, severe marijuana use during teenage-wood increases the risk of later drug abuse in life and the development of a substance use disorder. It is vital to combine stimulant medication for example, for ADHD with the appropriate family and child education and behavioural interventions, including counselling on the ADHD and risk for substance use disorder.

Individuals affected by mental disorders need social support as well as support in developing and maintaining personal, family and social relationships. Crossroads Recovery Centre supports people with mental health disorders using a holistic approach as well as encourages participation in other meaningful activities aimed at addressing severe mental health disorders.

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  • The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.
    Oliver VG
    Read more
  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
    Read more
  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
    Angelique J
    Read more
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