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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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • "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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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
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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.
    Johan B
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  • 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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Interplay Between Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse

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Interplay Between Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse

24 May, 2024Articles, News

Mental health disorders and substance abuse often coexist, creating a challenging landscape for individuals and healthcare providers alike. This co-occurrence, known as comorbidity, complicates diagnosis, treatment, and recovery processes. Understanding the patterns and dynamics of this relationship is crucial for effective intervention and support.

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The Interplay Between Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse

Research consistently shows a bidirectional relationship between mental health disorders and substance abuse. Individuals with mental health disorders are more likely to engage in substance abuse as a form of self-medication, seeking relief from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or psychosis. Conversely, substance abuse can exacerbate or even trigger mental health symptoms, leading to a vicious cycle of dependency and psychological distress.

Education

Specialists may educate clients, as well as other mental health professionals, about the complex interplay between mental health disorders and substance abuse. This education may include explaining how each condition can exacerbate the other and the importance of addressing both simultaneously for effective treatment outcomes.

Common Cooccurrence Patterns

Certain mental health disorders exhibit stronger associations with specific substances. For instance, individuals with depression may turn to alcohol as a means of coping, while those with anxiety disorders may misuse benzodiazepines or other sedatives. Similarly, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia are often linked with cannabis or stimulant use. Understanding these patterns can aid in targeted interventions and prevention strategies.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Recognizing that individuals with co-occurring disorders have unique treatment needs, specialist may emphasize the importance of dual diagnosis treatment programs. These programs are specifically designed to provide comprehensive care that addresses both mental health and substance abuse issues simultaneously.

Collaborative Care

Specialists likely emphasizes the importance of collaboration among multidisciplinary teams, including psychiatrists, therapists, addiction counselors, primary care providers, and other professionals. This collaborative approach ensures that clients receive holistic care that addresses all aspects of their well-being.

Relapse Prevention

Specialists may focus on developing relapse prevention strategies that address triggers for both mental health symptoms and substance use. This may involve teaching coping skills, enhancing social support networks, and addressing underlying issues such as trauma or co-occurring medical conditions.

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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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The Role of Family Support in Addiction Recovery: Tips for Rebuilding Relationships

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The Role of Family Support in Addiction Recovery: Tips for Rebuilding Relationships

09 February, 2024Articles, News

Having family support in recovery helps to re-establish trust and build relationships and it also promotes a more resilient family unit. The greatest tip for building broken relationships in addiction recovery is for the family and the addict to work together as a unit as this promotes a more robust, more resilient family unit.

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Rebuilding Relationships: Tips for Family Support

Idea tips for rebuilding relationships

  • The family needs to hold the addict accountable for their behaviour without enabling destructive behaviours.
  • Family members may attend support groups with their loved ones.
  • It is also vital for family members to attend their own support groups for families of addicts.
  • The family can provide love, understanding and stability to provide certainty for the addicts.
  • The family needs to accept that addiction is a disease and the addict would benefit from their help.
  • The family needs to show unconditional love to the recovering addict.
  • Addiction recovery is a long process which requires patience and encouragement and let them know that you believe in them.
  • The family also needs to get the recovering addict the help that they need like counselling or attending support meetings.
  • The families also need to attend family support interventions or groups.

The most important tip for building relationships in addiction recovery is that the family do not blame themselves and to know that addiction is not a spectator disease but it requires action from both parties.

Finally creating a supportive and understanding environment is important as this fosters a sense of safety and acceptance for the addict in recovery. The family needs to establish healthy boundaries and clear expectations.

For more tips on rebuilding relationships in addiction recovery, it is vital to contact Crossroads Recovery Centres in Johannesburg and Pretoria as we offer family support zoom meetings online.

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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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