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How to Stop from Relapsing into Substance Abuse after Treatment

Why Relapses Occur

In our experience, relapses occur when you’re faced with temptation, or you hit a disruptive event.

Even with all the positive changes you’ve made during recovery, temptations can appear anytime. An old acquaintance texts you. You’re at a wedding and everyone toasts the bride & groom.

Then there’s the disruptive event. Everyone responds to stress differently, but often, an addict responds by wanting to use.

What if you suddenly lost your job? Or a family member’s hit by a car?

Situations like these can sometimes provoke a bad reaction. A reaction that can trigger a relapse if left unchecked. We call these ‘relapse warning signs.’

Relapse Warning Signs

Some common signs that you may relapse soon include:

  • A feeling of disconnection from everyday activities,
  • A lack of interest in your recovery process,
  • Thinking you can drink/use again without falling back into addiction,
  • Reconnecting with friends made during the addiction period,
  • Family and social breakdowns,
  • Resentments flaring up,
  • Depression,
  • Feelings of loneliness, and
  • Feelings of anxiety.

NOTE: If you’re concerned about a loved one at risk of relapse, please see this blog post: 3 Ways You Can Support Your Recovering Loved One

How to Avoid Relapsing

Are you experiencing any of the warning signs listed above? Don’t panic…it doesn’t mean relapse is inevitable.

Remember, you choose how you respond.

First, recall the techniques you learned in treatment. Recognize how you’re feeling now, and remind yourself that you have the strength to face the situation without the substance.

Do you need support? Reach out to your sponsor or support network.

If you think you’re in immediate danger of relapsing, please call our 24-hour number: 800-811-1800.

Ongoing Support from SSH in Northern California

The Support Systems Homes relapse prevention program consists of weekly groups facilitated by one of our counselors. While in the group, you’ll learn about relapse triggers, hidden warning signs, and what strategies you can use to support a healthy recovery.

SSH’s relapse prevention class takes place once a week in the evenings. Experienced counselors facilitate the classes using the Gorski model and an evidence-based curriculum.

The Gorski model has been successful in helping thousands of people identify and cope with triggers and cravings that make them want to use or drink. Relapse prevention groups take place at our outpatient treatment center conveniently located near downtown San Jose.

Help Is Available if You're in Danger of Relapse

Assessments, individual counseling, and referrals to other levels of care are available. Coordination with EAP, union representatives, employers, the criminal justice system, and others is also available.

If you think you’re in danger of relapsing, please call our 24-hour number: