There are many relapse warning signs to keep an eye out for when dealing with someone in addiction recovery.
A Closer Look
One of the first relapse warning signs is usually a change in attitude about recovery. A person who once enthusiastically approached their recovery each day may become uninvolved in their twelve-step program. As they take a step back, they may reenter denial. Even though they have had negative consequences from substance abuse throughout their life, they may suddenly believe the lie that they can control and enjoy their using. Instead of staying grounded in the realities of their past, they may begin to romanticize their past drug use.
Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
Another relapse warning sign to watch for is falling back into post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
If the person begins to get stressed out by fairly normal things or starts experiencing anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, they may be in danger of relapse. The individual might be tempted to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol and might begin believing that they need substances to get back on track. They may begin to isolate, drawing away from those who could offer healthy support and perspective. Without this support, the individual might begin to believe their delusional thoughts, and the idea of returning to substance use might sound better and better.
As the relapse warning signs grow more severe, the person may suffer a social breakdown.
This means that they abandon their whole routine and begin to fully withdraw from society. They stop attending all functions that may offer them support and begin to believe that the only options are to be miserable, commit suicide, or self-medicate with mind-altering substances. At this point they usually begin to experiment with alcohol or less potent drugs. Eventually the drug use will spiral further out of control; in order to get sober again the individual will usually need some form of professional help.
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