Many addicts have tried and failed various drug rehabilitation and treatment methods only to relapse, sometimes quickly after release. This can be a frustrating and heartbreaking experience to a family that just shouldered the burden of treatment in drug rehab. There are a few long-term private care facilities that do offer “peace of mind” guarantees through programs like addiction aftercare.
Simply stated, once the addict has successfully completed the program should they falter or relapse within the first six months of release from drug rehab, they are eligible for re-admittance at no charge. This can be of great value to families and addicts who have relapsed after completing treatment before. At some facilities, a long-term aftercare is suggested; some even offer this in the form of a “work exchange” program which is available to those who feel that intensive addiction aftercare treatment is the best option. Once the addict has successfully completed the program, and based on their performance during treatment, they are eligible to apply to stay another six months. During this time, they will help other addicts achieve what they have found in recovery and sobriety in exchange for a nominal salary, room and board, and aftercare treatment in a supportive environment. These value added services are only available at a limited few private drug rehab facilities and have proven to be invaluable to families and addicts.
Relapse Signs and Symptoms
Experiencing Post-Acute Withdrawal: I start having problems with one or more of the following: thinking difficulties, emotional overreaction problems, sleep disturbances, memory difficulties, becoming accident prone, and/or starting to experience a serious sensitivity to stress.
Return To Denial: I tell others that everything is “good” and “okay” when in fact, it is not.
Avoidance and Defensive Behavior: I avoid the individuals or situations that would give me honest feedback on my actions.
Starting To Crisis Build: I get overwhelmed in everyday situations and can not solve my problems
Feeling Immobilized (Stuck): I feel trapped in a no-win situation where I believe that nothing will ever be “right” again.
Becoming Depressed: I start feeling tired and useless. I begin to use destructive behavior and substances in an attempt to feel normal.
Urges And Cravings (Thinking About Drinking/Using): I begin to think and want drugs and substances; I convince myself that using these substances is the only way that I can feel “normal.” I convince myself that using is the only way I will ever feel normal again, and thus I deserve to use – because I deserve to feel normal.
Chemical Loss Of Control (Drinking/Using): I start using again and decide to enjoy this “relapse” until I hit bottom again; my problems and addiction have just gotten worse.
Why You Need Addiction Aftercare – The Ten Most Common Relapse Dangers
- Being exposed to or having drugs and alcohol available
- Negative feelings
- Feeling or experiencing boredom
- Using a similar substance that reminds you of the old “high”
- Physical pain or physical injury
- Remembering the “good ol’ days”
- Having too much money
- Abusing prescription drugs
- Believing you are now “cured” and thus, safe from addictions