When recovering from heroin addiction or any other kind of dependency, you might find the hardest battle faced isn’t becoming sober but staying sober. Sobriety is not an easy task, and sometimes we make decisions we regret. Relapse isn’t a “step” in recovery, but it does happen. GateHouse Treatment doesn’t want you to give up after relapse, and we have a few steps to take after relapse recovery if you find yourself questioning your future commitment to recovery in recover and relapse events.
Take responsibility. You might find yourself creating excuses for your alcohol or drug use, but this can fuel your inability to commit to recovery. Admitting your mistakes to yourself not only holds you countable for your actions, it also shows others you understand your mistakes as well.
Learn from your experiences. Relapse is not a practice expected in a 12-step program, but learning from this experience can help you come out stronger on the other side. Consider the situations you were in, what coping mechanisms you attempted to use, and how you can work to be stronger the next time triggers are present in your life.
Reach out to your support. Depending on the programs you have been involved in, you might have a sponsor, or loved ones who have been helping you through this journey. Making these calls and having these conversations will be difficult, but having your support systems updated on your current health and mental status means they can offer you the assistance or guidance you need for sobriety.
Consider additional treatment. If you have suffered from a severe relapse, you might consider returning to a treatment center. This is an important conversation to have with your support system to weigh the benefits and probability, but if you feel you might need additional help, it is worth further investigation.
Luckily, there are drug treatment centers capable of helping you relearn some of the most important tips and tools of recovery to get back on track. With more questions about our relapse recovery services, please contact GateHouse Treatment today at (855) 448-3588.