Chronic Relapse Treatment & Prevention

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Chronic Relapse

Addiction is a lifelong battle. It’s not something that you can easily throw off with a pill. Relapses are a natural part of addiction and are naturally unavoidable for almost all addicts. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the relapse rate for drug abuse is anywhere from 40 to 60 percent.

Normally, relapses are just a minor setback, one you should expect and not be discouraged by. However, constant relapse can be truly frustrating and point to more deep-rooted issues. It does not point to any failure, nor does it mean that you’ve forgotten all the knowledge and tools that you gained through detox, rehab programs, and counseling.

Symptoms of Chronic Relapse Disorder

The main sign pointing to chronic relapse is returning to drugs after a period of sobriety. This is different from abusers who have abused drugs for a long period of time without trying to get sober. Other common symptoms of chronic relapse include:

  • Continuing to use drugs even though it is causing severe negative consequences
  • A sense of hopelessness of ever finding sobriety that will last in the long-term
  • Consistently participating in early steps of the 12-Step Program without finishing all 12 steps or having a meaningful experience
  • Taking advantage of financial resources and loved ones’ support

Many chronic relapsers are also often diagnosed with or display signs of Axis II personality disorders, including:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Narcissistic disorder
  • Anti-social disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder

Risk Factors and Causes of Chronic Relapse

Risks factors vary from person to person but can include family history of addiction combined with other internal and external factors. Mood, stress, and depression can contribute to you using drugs again in order to trigger the reward centers in the brain.

The relapse rates are significantly higher in those with existing mental disorders, including anxiety and depression disorders and attention deficit disorder. However, those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a significantly higher chance of relapsing.

Unhappy life events, like losing a job, academic issues, or problems with your spouse, can also lead to relapse. At the same time, even happy events can lead to a relapse. Being at a wedding, party, or restaurant where alcohol is served can be enough to trigger a relapse.

Chronic Relapse Treatment

Treatment for chronic relapse differs from person to person. There is no easy treatment for anyone. Treatment often centers around counseling and long-term treatment through outpatient programs, support groups, or sober living houses, while therapy can help patients work out personal issues that may have led to them using drugs in the first place. You may also receive medical treatment to help battle existing withdrawal symptoms and mitigate cravings.

Recovering drug users must develop techniques to:

  • Practice refusal
  • Recognize situations that could trigger a relapse
  • Buffers to help manage stress and anxiety

Simple lifestyle changes, like a healthier diet, exercise, and sleep habits, can help you develop healthy, sober routines.

End the Cycle of Addiction

At HARP, you can receive inpatient care from an experienced medical team. To learn more about our chronic relapse treatment center, contact us at (877) 806-5022.

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