Recovering From Relapse
If you are reading this because you picked up your drug of choice after a period of sobriety and you don’t know what to do, pay close attention. All is not lost, and it is possible for you to get back on track, but you need to act now. Let people know what is going on, and get help today. You can recover from a relapse, and the following will help you on your path:
- Respond Quickly – The sooner you do something about your using or drinking, the easier it will be to come back. If you wait, your addiction will get exponentially worse. It never gets better. Call your support system, and call treatment.
- Cope with Emotions – Depression and feelings of shame or embarrassment are normal, but don’t let yourself get caught up in them. You are a human being with the disease of addiction, and we make mistakes. Pick yourself up, and move forward.
- Make Changes – If you think you changed all you can when you first got sober, you didn’t. Something in your life is off-track, and you must change it.
- Do the Work – Remember that you are the problem, and drug or alcohol abuse is the symptom. Find a sponsor or a therapist and get to the root of who you are, what makes you tick, and why you were filling a void with drugs or alcohol.
- Heal Your Mind and Body – Take good care of yourself. There’s only one of you, so be kind to your spirit and your body. Eat well, get enough sleep, exercise, and make sure you are minimizing stress. Be gentle on yourself.
- Get Involved – Get active in recovery by hanging tight with other sober people. Go to meetings early, stay late, and have a regular meeting that you do not miss. We cannot do this alone.
- Learn from Your Mistakes – Don’t waste this pain by not learning from it. Figure out what happened and don’t let it happen again. Know your triggers, and always put your sobriety first.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. You don’t have to live addicted any longer. We can help you begin a happy and healthy life in recovery. Your life can change. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. Recovery is possible. Call now.