Types of Relapses & Ways to Manage

Types of Relapses

There are several types of relapses individuals who struggle with substance use/abuse experience, but may not be fully aware of.

EMOTIONAL

MENTAL

PHYSICAL

The Emotional.

ANXIETY

ANGER

DEFENSIVENESS

NO ATTENDING MEETINGS

BEING RESISTANT TO HELP FROM OTHERS

NOT ASKING FOR HELP FROM OTHERS

CHANGE IN SLEEPING HABITS

CHANGE IN APPETITE

MOOD SWINGS

AGGRESSION

IRRITABILITY

 

The Mental.

THOUGHTS ABOUT USING

THOUGHTS ABOUT PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS THAT REMIND YOU OF USING

THOUGHTS ABOUT RELAPSING

LYING

HANGING OUT WITH OLD USING FRIENDS

 

The Physical.

USING SUBSTANCE(S)

 

How can you prevent yourself from reaching a physical relapse?

TAKE A WALK

ATTEND A MEETING

CONTACT YOUR SPONSOR

ENGAGE IN AN ACTIVITY YOU ENJOY

TALK WITH A SUPPORTIVE, SOBER FRIEND

DISTRACT YOURSELF; Typically cravings will go away within 30 minutes

 

Take your recovery one day at a time!