When a Slip Becomes Something More - Is a Return to Treatment Best for You?



Those in the rooms of AA and NA maintain a belief that relapse is a part of recovery. While this is not the case for everyone, more often than not those attempting sobriety the first time will experience a relapse. If you have slipped up in your sobriety, you need to do whatever it takes to get back on track in your recovery as soon as possible. How can you determine whether you are capable of returning to sobriety with the help of your AA/NA program, or if you should seek readmittance to your treatment center for another course of therapy?


One of the major factors which will determine whether or not a return to treatment is advisable is the duration of your relapse. Having established some time in sobriety, your physical dependence on your substance of choice was eliminated, but our body’s tend to retain adaptations made during our addiction, so when we relapse we redevelop those dependencies more rapidly than we did the first time around. For opiate users, even as little as 3 days of consistent substance abuse can cause substantial withdrawal symptoms, a huge obstacle between yourself and a return to sobriety. If you find that you are experiencing even mild withdrawal symptoms, it is best you return to a medical detox facility followed by a stay in residential treatment in order to get you through detox successfully.


Another important factor to weigh when considering a return to treatment is whether ot not you overlooked an important issue during your first time through treatment. Examine your thoughts and feelings leading up to your relapse carefully, and try to understand what it was in your mind which led you back to your substance of choice. Were you simply neglecting your program of recovery, or is there some deeper unresolved issue preying on your mind? Only you can truly know the answer to this question so rigorous honesty is key. If there is some psychological or emotional trauma which you had left unaddressed during your first stay in residential treatment, it would behoove you to return to your treatment center for another course of inpatient therapy, making sure to disclose this previously unspoken trauma which contributed to your relapse.


No one’s recovery follows a straight line, as anyone seeking to live in sobriety experiences setbacks and failures in their recovery efforts. For some, these setbacks are substantial enough to lead to relapse, and while this is a serious situation to find yourself in, remember that you have achieved sobriety before so you can certainly do it again! Depending on the duration and the reasons behind your slip, you may want to return to your substance abuse treatment center in order to stabilize in sobriety again, as well as to address whatever mental and emotional problem led to your return to substance abuse. If you have experienced a relapse, Evolutions Treatment Center is here to help! Call our Admissions Counselors any time, day or night, at 833-818-3031 so we may help determine the best course of action that ensures your safe return to recovery as soon as possible!


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