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The recovery process isn’t over when rehab concludes. It is an ongoing journey. The recently recovered individual will need to actively resist triggers and temptations long after they depart rehab, or relapse will result. Relapse occurs when an individual returns to their addictive behaviors or mindsets after leaving the rehab facility. Forty to sixty percent of people in recovery undergo relapse, and as such, relapse prevention should be a component of any
rehabilitation program.

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The Phases of a Relapse

There are emotional, mental, and physical aspects to a relapse, and they occur sequentially. The first stage, emotional relapse, takes place in the person’s subconscious. The conscious intent to use drugs or alcohol once more isn’t present in the person’s mind, yet they begin to fall back into their old self-destructive ways of thinking, the same emotional vortex which they inhabited when they were using. This paves the way for relapse. A person undergoing emotional relapse may seem nervous, irritated, or alienated, and may have trouble eating or sleeping. The second stage of mental relapse sets in when these emotional problems begin to cause behavioral changes. The individual begins to think actively about using again and may even fantasize about how good their life was when they were doing drugs. They glamorize their past use of substances, downplaying the negatives of drug use, and may even believe that they can now “control” their drug habit. Secretive behaviors and lying are red flags for mental relapse. The third stage, physical relapse, is imminent: when the person purchases drugs or drug paraphernalia and uses their substance of choice again. For a time, the person may feel good about themselves and happy that they resumed using drugs; but the negatives will begin to set in soon, putting the person’s relationships and future in danger.