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Addiction Relapse Triggers to Watch For: Part 1
If someone you care about is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, a rehab center that teaches relapse prevention techniques may give your loved one the tools to cope with common relapse triggers long after treatment is over. At The Raleigh House, we take addiction relapse prevention seriously. We know what the statistics say, and we are committed to giving our residents the best possible chance to beat the odds.
“An estimated 40-60% of recovering addicts will relapse,” National Institute on Drug Abuse
We also believe that family members can play an important role in preventing relapse. This is why we emphasize family involvement during the addiction rehab process. Through seminars, workshops, support groups and other opportunities for you to get involved, our treatment program lays the groundwork for family members to help their loved ones maintain a life-long recovery. In part one of this blog series, we’ll explore common addiction relapse triggers that family members should watch for.
6 Triggers that Could Cause an Addiction Relapse
1. Traumatic Life Events: During treatment at The Raleigh House, your loved one will learn to use healthy coping skills to deal with life’s ups and downs. Adhering to these new techniques – especially when times are tough – may take a level of discipline that your loved one has yet to achieve. Like any new skill, practice is essential for improvement.
2. Social Pressure: For many recovering addicts, exposure to social situations where drug or alcohol use is likely to occur may trigger a relapse. If your loved one is frequenting places or people associated with substance abuse, this could be a warning sign that relapse is imminent.
3. Overconfidence: Recovering addicts who exhibit extreme confidence in their ability to abstain from substance abuse may eventually become complacent about their ongoing recovery. This could cause them to deviate from the relapse prevention plan they learned during rehabilitation, making relapse more likely.
4. Mental Illness: At The Raleigh House, we know that addiction often goes hand-in-hand with other mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. This is why our rehab program addresses the potential co-occurring conditions that could be contributing to your loved one’s struggle with addiction. Changes in mental health after treatment could also trigger a relapse.
5. Positive Life Events: Even causes for happiness could potentially trigger a relapse if the recovering addict feels justified in using alcohol or drugs to celebrate. And, if the positive event comes with new responsibilities, as in the birth of a child or a job promotion, your loved one may feel increased stress or pressure – both of which are known addiction relapse triggers.
6. Social Isolation: If you notice your loved one spending more time alone or shutting down communications with friends or other family members, this could lead to feelings of loneliness. The longer a recovering addict remains in this state of social isolation, the greater the chances of an eventual relapse.
Addiction Relapse is Not Inevitable
While it’s true that there are many potential triggers that could cause a recovering addict to begin using again, addiction relapse is anything but unavoidable. Our goal with this blog post, and part 2 which will be coming to you soon, is to help families recognize the warning signs of relapse so that they can help their loved ones stay on the right path. If someone you love is struggling with addiction, or if you notice any of the triggers discussed here, don’t wait. Contact The Raleigh House today.