Relapse Warning Signs

11 April 2017 Written by 

Relapse, like the stages of addiction, can sneak up on you. While using, you think you are managing your use even as your life spins out of control. In recovery, you think you are managing your recovery, but slowly things may be changing in spite of your very best intentions.

Usually when a relapse is on the way, there are some warning signs and symptoms. You can easily identify these symptoms in yourself, and others in recovery, if you pay attention. Once you see the path you’re taking, you can set a new one.

Working A Program Takes Effort

Recovery is hard work: no one will tell you otherwise. Recovery takes daily reinforcement and a strong support system in place. At first you may feel protected. The results of being “clean” and having a life back under control can make you feel terrific for a while. It’s the rose colored glasses period. Inevitably a few things go wrong. Life is never perfect. Could be anything. And your brain starts telling you to let up a little, revert to old habits.

Events That Can Trigger Breakdown Of Recovery Program

  1. Relationship woes
  2. Work problems
  3. Temptations by old “friends” with whom you once used
  4. Cravings
  5. Breakdown of recovery program

Relapse Symptoms

  1. Delusional Thinking
  2. Isolating
  3. Angry feelings
  4. Lack of Honesty

Relapse Symptoms Are The Tales You Tell Yourself

The symptoms often revolve around feelings and thoughts of anger and frustration. You start blaming others for your problems. You have optimistic dreams like winning the lottery and being so rich everything works out, or having someone save the day by fixing your problems dream Or you believe that tomorrow you’ll have the energy you’re lacking today. Angry feelings and resentments that things aren’t better for you, jealousy about what others are accomplishing, and lack of honesty about what’s going on all fuel the cycle that can lead to relapse.

Breakdown of Recovery Program

The breakdown of program usually arrives like a slow fade. You don’t keep in touch with your sponsor. You skip meetings you used to attend religiously. You cancel sessions your coach or therapist, and others. You don’t call in to people who could help. Your recovery program cutbacks make you angry. Being angry can make you sit home watching TV alone and brooding. The more you isolate and brood worse your recovery program fares until you relapse.

The Solution

  1. Recognize the signs and symptoms
  2. Be honest and accept what’s happening
  3. Be willing to recommit to your recovery program
  4. If you slip, don’t panic or hate yourself, call someone and go to a meeting
  5. Always focus on solution



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