What Can Trigger a Person to Relapse and When is Relapse Possible? Making it through a treatment program can be one of life’s many accomplishments for a person. Even if someone chose not to attend a treatment program becoming sober and beginning recovery is also one of many accomplishments for a person. Adding on one day at a time to the count of how long a person has been sober is a great feeling. Knowing that no matter what life has brought to that person, every day they can feel accomplished for their ongoing recovery.
It’s not easy for everyone to stay sober. Every day it can get harder and harder for a person. Luckily there are programs and groups available to be of an extra support to those who are on the journey of recovery.
What is a Trigger?
A trigger is something that occurs and makes a person want to go back to their addiction. Anything that someone was involved with during their addiction can trigger them to relapse. A lot of people suffer from past trauma that lead to their addiction or trauma that occurred during their addiction. Suffering from trauma is something that can come up for anyone at any time and could be a trigger to relapse.
When is it Possible for A Person to Relapse
Relapsing can happen at any time. Whether a person has been sober for 10 days or even 10 years. Life happens, and everyday people are faced with life when anything can happen. If someone is not fully prepared to deal with certain circumstances that can occur, they can be at risk for relapsing. A person could be sober for 10 days and run into someone that they used to get high with and are instantly urging to get high again, or they can get frustrated with a family member who they never get along with and used to get high to ignore the pain and frustration, and at this point in their recovery they don’t know how to deal with that person or situation without getting high. Then they relapse instead of looking for other ways to cope with the situation. That frustration and the temptation could trigger a person at any time.
The most common relapse triggers include:
- Becoming Overconfident
- Feeling Full of Self Pity
- Unrealistic Expectations for Recovery
- Lying and Other Forms of Dishonesty
- Symptoms of Depression
- Feelings of Frustration in Recovery
- Expecting Too Much of Other People
- Taking Recovery for Granted
- Abusing Other Substances
- Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, Tiredness
When a person relapses, it not only affects them but it affects the loved ones who surround that person. Relapsing can happen at any time and it can happen multiple times, but there might be a time when it becomes the last time for that person. Anytime a person goes back to their addiction, can be the time they overdose and pass. Although a person may have relapsed multiple times this does not mean it is over for them. It is always possible for anyone to receive help. It you believe someone you love may have relapsed become aware of the signs and symptoms you may have noticed before when they were using and don’t hesitate to approach them to seek help. Call today for any answers to get your loved one help!