Living Through Drug Recovery: Stages Of Change Model Of Relapse
Relapse is Part of a Cycle For many people recovering from addiction, relapse feels like a slap in the face or failure. Many family members and friends may even treat it that way. However, this is a big mistake: relapse is actually part of the “stages of change” model of …show more content…
In fact, they may even present it as positive part of their life. However, as negative consequences build, they enter into the "contemplation" stage, which means they are beginning to understand their addiction is a problem and that changes need to be made. Preparation is the act of searching for, finding, and planning on executing a plan for quitting. Action is the implementation of that plan. These four steps lead to two results: maintenance and relapse. Maintenance is the positive stage of maintaining a drug-free. Often, it can result in relapse if the person is not quite ready to quit. And while it 's obviously not a positive result, it can often shock a person into accepting the seriousness of their addiction.
The Dangers of Relapse Unfortunately, drug relapses do far more harm to a person recovering from addiction than good. While some people recovering from addiction may able to spot their relapse and avoid a continual spiral, others will give into it. As a result, they can be right back where they started before the physically and emotionally difficult process of …show more content…
The body simply won 't be used to that level of drug and overdose is likely.
Common Causes of Relapse Relapses are complex problems that often have a multitude of influences. Many are exterior influences i.e. those that exist beyond the physical and emotional control of the person recovering from addiction. Common causes of drug relapses include:
Continued association with people who use drugs or who have sold drugs in the past
Presence in places where drugs were commonly used
Physical pain, whether brought on by withdrawal symptoms or separate
Increased negative emotions, such as anger, guilt, anxiety, and depression
Positive feelings that trigger the “celebratory” use of drugs
Complacency or the belief that drug addiction is no longer a threat or a concern The last cause is particularly shattering: many people recovering from addiction fail to realize or ignore the fact that addiction is a lifelong problem. Even if they go through rehabilitation, live through withdrawal, completely detoxify their body, and eliminate emotional addiction triggers, addiction never truly goes