What To Do When A Loved One Relapses?

Drug and alcohol relapse refers to the return to substance use after a period of abstinence or sobriety. It is a common and challenging part of the recovery process for individuals struggling with addiction. Relapse can occur due to various factors, including triggers, stressors, social pressure, untreated mental health issues, or a lack of effective coping mechanisms. It is important to note that relapse does not signify failure, but rather highlights the need for further support and adjustment in the recovery journey. Relapse prevention strategies, ongoing therapy, and a strong support system can help individuals identify warning signs, develop effective coping skills, and minimize the risk of relapse.

Identifying whether someone has relapsed into drug or alcohol use can be challenging, as individuals may try to hide their behavior or deny it. However, there are some signs that may indicate a relapse:

  • Behavioral changes: increased secrecy, isolation, or sudden changes in the social circle.

  • Physical symptoms: bloodshot eyes, physical deterioration, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, or unexplained weight loss or gain.

  • Emotional signs: increased irritability, mood swings, depression, anxiety, or a sudden shift in behavior or attitude.

  • Neglecting responsibilities: decline in performance at work, school, or personal obligations.

  • Financial issues: borrowing money, stealing, or selling possessions to fund substance use.

  • Changes in appearance: poor personal hygiene, lack of grooming, or unexplained marks or bruises.

  • Relapse triggers: frequent past-using environments, associating with old friends who engage in substance use, or a sudden lack of interest in recovery activities.

It’s important to approach the situation with empathy and concern. Communication and supporting the person to seek professional help may be crucial in addressing a possible relapse.

We understand that a relapse can be a challenging experience. If you or your loved one are seeking help, we invite you to reach out to us at Baja Rehab. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to provide support, guidance, and personalized treatment options. We believe in the power of recovery and are committed to helping individuals regain control of their lives.