Addiction relapse is probably considered to be the most frustrating, toughest obstacles to overcome for individuals attempting to recover from drug or alcohol addiction.
Relapses are a constant return to drug use, more often an undesirable return to drug use. A recovering addict can stay sober for weeks, months or even years, placing great effort to avoid the relapse altogether. But it only take one second to relapse and ruin one’s sobriety; it can also make the person feel like all that hard work was for nothing—but that’s far from the truth, as relapse is often a normal part of recovery; to see under a more positive light, going through relapse is another chance to make the next period of sobriety better than the last, giving the individual the opportunity to make adjustments in their recovery-strategies to ensure another relapse doesn’t occur.
Most medical professionals define relapse as simply “a return to destructive or heavier use,” which is different from a “lapse.”
A lapse is much less severe than a relapse. A lapse is when the person uses again, such as having one beer or a small dose of a substance, while a relapse is when the person begins to use regularly and continuously, and as a result, negative consequences begin to lower the quality of the person’s overall life. A relapse often requires professional help in order to cure the addiction, while a lapse is less severe and probably be handled by the individual alone if he/she is disciplined enough.
If you or your loved one is experiencing relapse after relapse, it is recommended to see a counselor or find admittance to a rehab center, as treatment can help you or your loved one learn to manage negative feelings and understand the triggers that lead you to use substances. Please, don’t wait until it’s too late. Recovery is possible.
Since 1995, Florida Center for Recovery has successfully helped numerous families and addicts find the courage to find recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, including from heroin addiction, cocaine addiction, marijuana addiction, meth addiction, and prescription medication abuse. Florida Center for Recovery is committed to assisting patients in restoring their lives by embracing a way of life based upon the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and by applying a variety of recovery therapies.
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