How To Avoid Relapse?

How To Avoid Relapse?

May 28, 2018 0 By April Kirkwood

After Detox, Now What?

Relapse is defined as the resumption of heroin use after a period of abstinence.

Three stages of the relapse process:  Emotional, Mental, and Physical!

Emotional Stage:  May not feel like using but emotions are setting the stage of relapse.  Examples: feeling isolated, not going to meetings, poor health care, inability to sleep.

Mental Stage: Cravings often with inner dialogue wanting to use but knowing how the drugs have adversely affected their life.

Physical Stage:  They can no longer resist the desire to use.


Relapse Warning Signs

  • An upsetting event
  • Denial they still need help
  • Substituting other compulsive behaviors
  • Acting over emotional
  • Acting over intellectual
  • Feeling out of control
  • Negative all or nothing thinking, “I’ll never be able to stay clean.”
  • Lack of family support
  • Not receiving aftercare
  • Intense cravings
  • “Just Once” belief

If you relapse:

Do not think that this is failure; many schools of thought believe ‘relapse’ is a part of recovery.  In fact, in a study of heroin detox, of all of them, 91% reported a relapse, 59% occurred within one week of discharge.

Age of onset, heavy use of treatment, history of injecting, and not following aftercare were all factors of relapse in this study.

Remember:  Relapse is the a failure…you can begin again.


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