How to Help Alcoholics and Addicts who suffer a Relapse

Drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t make any distinction and will deliberately destroy lives of individuals, families, and communities. Even those who are being treated or has been in sobriety for more than a year already can still experience a relapse, and will even need the intense arrested relapse program of a certain rehab centre.

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So, when you or someone you know is suffering from a relapse, considering the help of an organised rehab, especially the one with a Living Experiential Recovery approach is a great option. For more details about a holistic alcohol and drug addiction rehab, visit The Next Step.

Why recovering addicts relapse?

Addiction, as a matter of fact, is a chronic and incurable disease which only progresses over time. A relapse is a term used to describe someone who was once an addict, has been treated and became sober for a certain period of time, but has returned to being an addict, which, in most cases, has become worse. This usually happens when he or she isn’t enrolled in an arrested relapse program.

In connection with relapse, there are a lot of reasons why this happen. Most rehab centres, especially a rehab in Chiang Mai, believe that a relapse usually occurs when a recovering addict returns to his or her home and local community.

Other reasons include:

  • The feeling of grief, loss, frustration, and self-pity
  • Feeling stressed and traumatised
  • Feeling of isolation whilst undergoing a painful recovery
  • Pressure from co-addicts
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Occasional or regular exposure to people with whom they used to go together when drinking or using drugs or exposure to places where they used to go.
  • Untreated mental illness due to addiction
  • Unconvinced about one’s sobriety after a residential care is completed

Strategies to avoid or mitigate relapse effects

Forty to 60% of addicts who completed residential care given by rehabs become sober for a year. Some even can’t last a year of sobriety as they immediately experience relapse symptoms.

Relapse, according to experts are just normal for those who were once addicted to alcohol or drugs. It only takes a matter of time when the relapse occurs. Because of this fact, an arrested relapse program is essential to help recovering addicts become totally free.

Some of the relapse arresting strategies include:

1-Getting a psychological and medical help when necessary

Drug and alcohol addiction is oftentimes associated with mental illnesses due to chemical trauma. Getting a psychological assessment can help one learn whether he or she is stable mentally or not. One can take such examination from a Thailand rehab or from anywhere near you.

2-Trigger control

If possible, recovering addicts should get rid of being in contact with “triggers”. These include the people whom they used to go with when they were using drugs or drinking too much alcohol. Also, the places and even the “smallest” sips are considered triggers as well.

3-Joining a 12-step support group

Support groups like the Alcoholics Anonymous or the Narcotics Anonymous provide a program which can help recovering addicts cope up with life after the intense residential rehab. By joining such groups, many like-minded individuals will encourage and support one another’s journey to full recovery.

4-surround yourself with positive-minded people

Continuing to hang out with drinkers or drug users can do you more harm and can lead you to a relapse. On the other hand, keeping company with sober and positive-minded people can help you become totally free from addiction.

So, once one completed any drug treatment Chiang Mai provides, it is highly recommended to continue the treatment through a community immersion relapse prevention program. To more about this, visit The Next Step, an excellent community-based rehab in Chiang Mai Thailand.