Do You Suffer from Chronic Relapse?
When you’re struggling with addiction, just the idea of sobriety can feel like an impossible, terrifying challenge. Even when you manage to maintain a sober streak, with or without rehab, there’s always a nagging doubt in your mind about whether you can make it last. Your addiction thinks it knows the answer, and it’s “no, you’ll come back to me eventually.” And somehow, for some reason, you always do. You are what is known as a “chronic relapser.”
Common Causes of Chronic Relapse
Recovering from addiction isn’t easy for everyone so, don’t despair; you’re not alone. Chronic relapse is a common part of recovery. And, although relapse — living in a repeating cycle of sobriety and drug/alcohol abuse that seems unbreakable — can be agonizing, there’s hope for a lasting, meaningful recovery afterwards. If you want to get a hold of your addiction, you can. You just might need to get there on a different path than the rare person who manages to find sustained sobriety on the first try.
Serenity Springs, has years of experience helping clients with a history of chronic relapse achieve lasting, meaningful recovery and to live new lives. Here are a few lessons we have learned about it along the way that might help you get started on your journey to recovery.
>Relapse Is a Chance to Learn Your Triggers
When recovering from your addiction, to break out of a chronic relapse cycle, the first and most important lesson for the chronic relapser is the realization that a relapse can teach you something about how you can recover if you know what to look for. Every relapse has a trigger. Some common ones are an upset or disruption in a person’s life (such as losing a job or a relationship), finding yourself around other people using your drug of choice, and putting yourself (intentionally or not) into situations where you’re vulnerable or where your defenses are lowered (such as when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired). At Serenity Springs one of our goals is to help you learn from your last relapse to identify where the triggers were so that you can develop a plan to avoid them in the future and avoid chronic relapse.
Your Brain is Wired for Relapse, but You Can Rewire It
Chronic relapsers also need to understand that addiction has caused physical changes in their brains. Over time, using your drug of choice reinforced neural pathways, in effect teaching you to have cravings. The good news is, your brain has the capacity to change again. It just takes a while in rehab recovery for that rewiring to occur. That’s why, even when you’re not using, you still feel those cravings, and why sometimes you succumb to them. At Serenity Springs, we focus on teaching you mindfulness and other techniques that, over time, will lead to the weakening of the neural pathways your addiction laid down, and the development of new pathways that help keep you on the road to recovering from your addiction and away from chronic relapse.
Successful Recovery is a Journey and a Destination
Chronic relapsers often believe that if they’ve tried rehab and relapsed, they’re no longer “in recovery.” They’re experts at making themselves feel worthless after a relapse. At Serenity Springs, we teach you to take a different perspective to rehabilitation, to see recovery as not simply stopping drug and alcohol use, but as a way of practicing your life in a more mindful, deliberate, and joyful way. Yes, your goal is to stop drinking and taking drugs — to get sober and stay sober — and that is our goal for you. But we also teach you the skills to accept and move on from a relapse or chronic relapse if it does occur, to reflect on that experience and grow from it. We want you to learn to see that you are living a new and better life, even if there might still be struggles along the way.
Reach out to us today, (386) 423-4540, to find out how we can help in your recovery.