of those around them realized it was going to happen before they did, maybe even you. During so it can be hard to convince your loved one that you realize they are approaching this because you may not have definite examples as to why. Though there are some definite indicators that can offer evidence that your loved one may be on his or her way towards a relapse.
Not As Involved
You may begin to notice that your loved one or fellow friend in recovery has begun to step away from the program or just stopped working on themselves altogether. It will typically begin with them going to less and less meetings. Over time they will begin to lose connection with their support group, completely isolating themselves from their loved ones. When you begin to notice this happening it is important to broach the subject carefully. Approaching your loved one with the wrong tone can worsen the situation. It may also make them feel attacked and as if they already have lost your support, making it seem as though they may not have much to lose.
“Just once won’t hurt”
Another key sign prior to relapse may be them mentioning how they are just tired of the recovery lifestyle overall and they want to be normal. With that they may begin to reminisce on the past “good times” they had while they were using, and depending on what is currently going on their life, how using once allowed them to escape from their problems. You could notice them begin to start showing signs of addictions in other things, such as going to the gym obsessively or shopping. This may not mean they are going to relapse but it does bring out those addictive qualities. All of which can lead to the denial of them having a problem when pointed out.
Pulling The Trigger
A trigger has the possibility of occurring during one of the above things, or just when something else gives them the excuse or a reason in their mind to use. This is when the relapse begins to occur and your loved one has already made the conscious decision to use again. However, this does not mean that they are incapable of rising above this just as they had once before. No matter what happens through the course of their relapse whether it is that one time or multiple – it is important to always offer your support. Just as before, assure your loved one that they are more than capable of rising about this and you will be there along the way as well.
If your loved one does relapse or is someone who is currently struggling with either drugs or alcohol, call Serenity Acres today to speak to an addictions professional at, 1-800-203-2024.