What Causes Chronic Relapse?
The time once occupied with using drugs or alcohol must be replaced with healthy, sober activities. This can be difficult in early recovery, but treatment helps people develop strategies to cope without drugs or alcohol.
The euphoric effects of some drugs are so intense that a person who uses them feels they cannot live without it. For an active user, the brain craves more and takes priority over everything else, even significant dates, events, and responsibilities. Addiction interrupts relationships with loved ones, disrupts employment, and can lead to devastating mental and physical health complications, or death.
Substance abuse is on the rise with new drugs surfacing every day. New drugs are made to be more intense and powerful than previous ones. On the street, dealers sell more potent substances keep buyers coming back for more.
Although a person with an addiction stops using controlled substances in recovery, the temptation to use can be strong. This happens because the brain becomes addicted. Temptation to use could intensify around people, places, and things associated with a person’s drug or alcohol use. Alcoholics Anonymous and their “Big Book” are attributed for the phrase, “live one day at a time.” It comes from the concept of AA that each individual has 24 hours of sobriety. This means each person has a daily obligation to feed their spiritual needs, including managing their own sobriety, one day at a time because each day is a huge success.
There are a few reasons why chronic relapse happens. The addicted brain is trained to relapse. Cravings are intense and strong withdrawals make the individual physically sick. To the addicted brain, it is easier to relapse and use drugs or alcohol again to relieve the symptoms. A person with an addiction can also relapse due to lack of support from loved ones.
Physical dependence plays a role in chronic relapse as well. The body becomes dependent on the drug and draws the person back into using it. The body is trained to need the substance. Relapse is not a sign of failure. Relapse does not imply that recovery is not possible. Retraining the body to function without chemical dependency takes time and encouragement.
“I am not defined by my relapses, but by my decision to remain in recovery despite them.”
If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation.
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