Relapse is common with over 90% of people in recovery from heroin addiction relapsing at some point. People who struggle with other addictions are also at risk of relapse in early recovery, especially, but also at any other point, as well. It may feel easy to miss the warning signs of relapse if you are not looking. Here are some ways to know if a loved one may be heading that direction and how to support them.
A loved one will likely exhibit some signs that may be subtle or may be overt. Any way you look at it, there will be some indication of the possibility of relapse. Some of the key warning signs include:
- Buildup of negative emotions (depression, fear, guilt, loneliness)
- Reminders of past drug experiences (people, places, time of year)
- Exposure to drug use
- Using other substances
- Build up for positive emotions (wanting to keep having a good time)
There is a chance to avoid relapse for many people with the right support. Because triggers and cravings need to be tempered, it is easy to overlook what is going on until it is right on top of you and staring you in the face. Don’t wait until a loved one actually relapses to try and seek help for them. Negative emotions, situations, and life events can be a huge trigger for people and they may need extra support when there are big shifts in their life or things seem to be going downhill for them emotionally, physically, or in other ways.
Symptoms of Relapse
There are things to watch for if a person has relapsed. It may be difficult to notice but it may also be apparent when you know what to look for in a loved one’s behavior:
- Wanting to see old friends from days of using substances
- Change in regular daily activity (hygiene, appetite, skipping appointments)
The warning signs of relapse all have a common theme: dishonesty. It is devastating and a cruel pattern which emerges when someone has something to hide. Perhaps it is missing work, school, or other things, but it may also be bigger things, as well. Relapse prevention includes things like supporting them in community, helping them avoid triggers and substances, and helping them recognize the behavior and its impact on their loved ones. Sometimes all you can do is see that they are heading for relapse and take drastic and immediate reaction. Avoid triggers, seek help, and try to avoid substances when possible. This will help lower the risk of relapse and keep the loved one moving forward on the journey of recovery.
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