Relapse

Relapse

Important information on early recovery, expected behaviors, and warning signs of relapse.

  A relapse from recovery of drugs and/or alcohol can be devastating for loved ones. You have no control, you can’t fix it, and you feel utterly hopeless. It doesn’t matter if they are remorseful or not, your heart is still broken. How can they keep relapsing time after time knowing that they are hurting themselves and their family? This is a very normal thought when it comes to relapse, but this may help better explain why they relapse in the first place and what you can do to help not only them, but you. Understanding Relapse Two things really…
Relapse prevention tips and tools will help you and your loved one on their journey to long-term recovery. Here are some of the main reasons addicts and alcoholics will relapse and what you can do to prevent it. More: Relapse Warning Signs & Triggers Relapse Prevention 101 Unwilling to listen to suggestions A major indicator for relapse prevention is when addicted individuals lack willingness to listen to suggestions.  When they aren’t willing to listen, they may suffer consequences because not wanting to hear advice means they probably won’t take it either.  Not only is this close-mindedness frustrating, but it shows…
How to Keep the Kids Drug Free The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has published a brilliant brochure entitled Keeping Your Kids Drug-Free: A How-To Guide for Parents and Caregivers. There are several examples and ideas parents can use in keeping their kids away and off drugs.  Learning the proper responses to your son or daughters drug related questions is very beneficial.  The Experts agree on a few things when it comes to how a parent should react to their child’s questions about their own drug use.  When your child asks you if you ever tried drugs it is best…
Time to Stop Enabling  Why should family and friends stop old behaviors that contributed to their loved one's addiction? Of course you remember the old routine the addict in your life used to perform when they needed your help getting them out of tough situations, or the times when you gave them your approval to party. You now realize that these circumstances were created by their addiction to alcohol or drugs. Mom, I feel terrible.  I’m too sick to even talk on the phone. Could you please call my boss and tell him I’m sick with a fever and will not…
It would be nice to believe that once the addict in your life has successfully completed treatment, they will never again return to using the substances that brought them to insanity and almost death. Well, there is good news and bad news.  Relapse is not a requirement for all recovering addicts.  However, for some, it will become a reality. The Watershed Family Weekend Program believes that relapse can be a common occurrence among recovering individuals. The chemically dependent person in early recovery needs to be extra cautious and aware of their personal signs and symptoms, triggers, and scenarios that could result in…