During these uncertain and difficult times, those who are in the stage of a drug or alcohol abuse recovery are particularly vulnerable. The stress that comes with COVID-19 and related social isolation can cause even worse substance abuse problems.
A relapse occurs when patients during the recovery period from substance abuse suddenly break their abstinence. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that around 50% of people in the recovery stage fall back into their old life habits.
Due to many government measures and isolation during the current global pandemic, you may feel tempted to start abusing substances again, but we invite you to keep reading in order to find out ways on how to successfully avoid relapsing.
Two Main Rules For Avoiding Relapse During Global Pandemic
Rule #1: Fill In Your Free Time
The most important part of every recovery and staying sober is to form new, better, healthier habits than those you used to have. Although these uncertain times give many of us a lot of free time, for people in the recovery process, it may be a real nightmare. Therefore try to fill your free time with different activities that can help you in your recovery process.
Rule #2: Be Aware Of Different Triggers
During government orders, many people who are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse are facing the same problem, like we all do: isolation. Isolation is, unfortunately, the main culprit for relapse, as face-to-face contact with people is often crucial in the recovery process. Awareness of your triggers can help you to evade relapsing.
Some common triggers when it comes to relapse are:
- Chronic pain
Knowing When To Get Help
If you are constantly feeling stressed and your thoughts are overwhelmed by old habits, or if you feel lethargic, and there is only one thing in your mind, contact your doctor who will help you to decide what is best for you and your recovery at the moment. Your doctor might suggest inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab in order to get you on the right track. A trustworthy medical professional is key in a successful recovery. They will help you to stay on the right path of your journey, and whenever you feel relapse is possible, they will be there for you.