The truth is millions of people suffer from all kinds of addictions. No matter what type of addiction you have, chances are someone else has suffered from it too and programs have been developed to help. Addictions are most commonly associated with drug and alcohol addiction and in fact the most common addictions are to alcohol, controlled substances and prescription medicines. However there are other kinds of addictions that are hard to think of as a real addiction, these are related to compulsive behaviors like gambling, shopping, food, the internet, etc.
An addiction of any type is readily recognized by the fact that it is not a matter of choice. This is reflected in a pathological pursuit of reward or relief by behavior patterns or by substance abuse. Individuals who are addicts do not have the ability to decide to stop abusing; for example, alcohol or a certain drug, or even the behaviors of gambling or shopping. Addictions affect the user, their family, job and friends.
Relapse is when a person has returned to addiction after living sober. Just as there are many types of addictions there are many reasons for a relapse. The statistics for falling back into addiction are 40% to 60% and are on par with other well documented illnesses that require daily care such as diabetes or hypertension.
The important thing to remember is that you are not the only one who struggles to stay sober; relapse can be a normal part of recovery. Some people are able to achieve sobriety after their first attempt, most do not. You can increase your odds of staying sober and not relapsing if you get into an addiction treatment program within 30 days of detox. People who make this commitment to break free of addiction take 40% longer to relapse and they may not relapse at all.
Just as important is that studies have shown treatment improves the quality of a person’s life even if they don’t make it through the whole program on the first attempt. Each attempt at rehab seems to make life a little bit better and sobriety an achievable goal.
Here are a few reasons why a person might relapse
- Not caring – if you don’t care about your addiction and went into to rehab to please a loved one, your chances of relapsing are high
- Lack of support – aftercare is critical to success
- Not prepared for life after rehab – going back to your old life presents you with all of your old temptations
- Mental health – many addicts have mental health issues as well as addictions. The mental health issues must be addressed as part of the rehab.
- Expectations too high – if you come into rehab thinking you’ll ace it on the first try you may be setting yourself up for relapse. Recovery requires 100% commitment – it’s not ‘a walk in the park’ its work.
Now is the right time, if you’ve relapsed, now is the time to get help, don’t lose hope call now.