Preventing Relapse

preventing relapseSigns and Symptoms of Relapse

A certain amount of time passes before a person is overcome by cravings and breaks their sobriety. The next signs and symptoms can result in a “dry drunk” or the possibility of relapse. Even at the minimum, these signs and symptoms can result in “stinking thinking” which paves the way to relapse.

Depression: Unexplainable feelings of despair can happen in cycles and should be addressed. As the mind and body readapt to being sober, you will undergo many good and bad emotions.

Exhaustion: You should never allow yourself to become excessively tired or ill. Some addicts will be vulnerable to destructive work addictions (possibly attempting to make up lost time). A healthy body and relaxed mind are essential. If you feel happy and healthy, you are more likely to have happy, healthy thought processes. If you feel tired or run down, your thought process will deteriorate. You may even start to think about how a little substance use will not do any harm.

Eagerness: You might feel that situations are not happening quick enough and things are not falling into place like you want them to. Addicts tend to want everything now; postponed gratification and impulse control are not our most powerful areas.

Dishonesty: This may start with repeated unnecessary dishonesty with friends, family and fellow employees, and eventually with yourself. This may lead to excusing and rationalizing your behavior, and ultimately affects your sense of self-worth will suffer.
Argumentativeness: Fighting small, absurd battles signifies a necessity to be right. Additionally, it might become a way of creating reasons to use.

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