Battling any kind of addiction is a process of trial-and-error. Unfortunately, that also means that there's a real possibility that you or someone you care about will have to deal with a relapse one way or another. Since relapsing is so common, even after you feel like you have finally beaten your addiction, it's truly essential that you know how to deal with it properly.
What Is a Relapse?
First things first, it's important to paint a clear picture of what relapsing actually is. Basically, it means that you were struggling with substance abuse and that after you've done the necessary work to get clean, you fall into your old, destructive routine. Whether it's about you or a loved one, relapsing not only takes a toll on your physical health, but it also can have a detrimental effect on your mental health and your social life, among other things.
More concretely, relapsing almost always comes together with great feelings of shame and disappointment, to just name a few negative emotions. Besides that, you'll also find that it also often is a great burden to carry for the people around you. That's precisely why, when you do relapse, you have to realize that you need to take matters in your own hands without spiraling due to the heavy emotions you'll feel.
What To Do if You Relapse
Of course, your first priority should be to prevent yourself from relapsing. However, that's often easier said than done. It is not uncommon for someone who struggles with addiction to relapse. That's why you shouldn't think of yourself as a big failure if one day, you do have to deal with a relapse. That kind of thinking is not helpful; instead, focus on getting in the right state of mind.
After you've gotten in the right state of mind to begin working towards sobriety, the next thing on your list should be to seek help. Addiction is hard on anyone so it won't help to bottle things up. Instead, try to rely on the people around you and medical professionals for support. Even more so, talk about what you're feeling and try to get to the bottom of the reasons behind your relapse. It may not be easy, but you'll find that with the help of your loved ones and medical professionals, you'll already be off to a great start.
It should be noted that professional help is also very beneficial for recovery. When talking about substance abuse, there are two main routes you can take: inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation.
With inpatient rehab, you'll be admitted into a special rehab facility with the knowledge that you'll have to live there for the duration of your treatment. You can also consider outpatient rehab if you or your loved ones find that to be more suitable. With that option, you can keep on living your normal life as much as possible, but you'll still have to follow a specific treatment plan. This can range from a few hours each week to having appointments with professionals each day. Whatever treatment plan you decide on will depend on your personal needs. You will work with medical professionals to create a recovery program that is right for you.
Addiction recovery is not easy, but you should never give up hope that you can overcome your addiction and lead a full and happy life. With the right help, you'll find that you're capable of creating the life you want and that you have what it takes to battle your addiction for good!