Did you know that drug relapse rates are around 40 to 60 percent?
That means, on average, 4 to 6 people who stop using a substance they were addicted to will start using again.
Oftentimes the cause for relapse is not clear, but in some situations, something triggered it. Whether it be a stressful situation or a bad breakup, drug relapse can happen to anyone.
That’s why knowing what the triggers are can be a lifesaver. If you know what may cause a relapse, you’ll be able to identify what may cause you to relapse.
Read on to learn more about relapse triggers.
1. Getting Too Comfortable
When someone gets clean from their addiction, it can be a rewarding experience. It’s a cause to celebrate!
But here’s the thing: getting too confident about it may make it more likely that you relapse.
If someone becomes too comfortable, odds are they might stop doing their relapse prevention plan. They may even start hanging out with people that got them started on the substance in the first place.
Make sure that after rehab, you stay on your outpatient care track. This will keep you from growing too confident in your sobriety.
Everyone has stress in their life, and most are able to cope with it. A little bit of stress can be a good thing, but too much of it can spell serious consequences for some.
Especially for people that are living a newly sober life, stress can create a feeling of need for that substance. Because the substance used to give a sense of safety, a person may often feel that it can create some form of balance in their life.
Stress can come from a number of different situations or events. Financial troubles, health problems, or a complicated family situation can all create enough stress to cause a relapse.
But seeing something stressful take place can also cause someone to relapse. It simply depends on the person and how much it takes to push them to the substance again.
3. Something Good Happening
This might sound silly at first, but something good happening can cause you to relapse. And because you won’t be on guard, this could be one of the more significant triggers.
Some good things might be:
- Dating someone new.
- Getting a new job or promotion.
- Buying a new car or home.
- Hitting a sobriety milestone.
All of these situations have the potential to trick you into thinking it might be okay to celebrate with an addictive substance. It’s best to avoid this at all costs.
Instead, invite some friends over or go out for dinner with them. Make sure that you’re around people while celebrating to avoid any potential relapse.
Are You Worried About Your Relapse Triggers?
After reading this article, you should be aware of some common situations, events, and feelings that could cause a relapse. Remember that everyone responds to relapse triggers differently than everyone else.
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