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Monday, October 26, 2015

Turning a Post-Rehab Slip Into a Learning Opportunity

turn post rehab relapse into opportunityAt some point in your addiction treatment program, you probably felt invincible: ready to take on the world, grab life by the horns, and sing the praises of your newfound sobriety. Then you blinked. While it may sound trite, it’s true: Successful addiction recovery requires daily, second-to-second work. Let your guard down for a moment, and you could find yourself consuming the very substances you’ve been swearing off for months—or even years.

Over 60 percent of recovering drug and alcohol users will experience a relapse within the first 90 days after completing rehab, and many more relapse once or multiple times after this. The key to preventing your “slip” from becoming a full-fledged return to addiction lies in quickly recommitting to your sober life before you have time to give in to the feeling of failure. Tricks to achieving this include:

Avoiding panic. When you make a poor choice, your first temptation may be to throw your new identity out the window and conclude that you weren’t cut out for life as a sober person. This is a lie. Remove yourself from the risky situation, find a place to think clearly, and speed-dial a therapist or sober companion.
Making a list of the reasons you went to recovery in the first place. In the midst of temptation, it is easy to forget why you chose to get clean. Write down, in black and white, a comprehensive list of valued relationships, life goals, spiritual goals, and personal objectives. Keep this list handy today—and for future weak moments, as well.
Being grateful for a learning opportunity. Few of us would disagree that mistakes and wrong-turns help us grow into the people we are longing to become. Without life’s difficulties, there is no opportunity for refining. When you take a sip of that drink or are tempted to use, tell yourself that this is merely a chance to look adversity in the eye—and walk away a better person.
Keeping emotions in check. Studies show that people often relapse because they have allowed depression, sadness, anger, or stress to get out of control. Now is a good time to sit down with your counselor and determine whether anger management, holistic therapies, couples counseling, or other treatment options might be a wise and healthy addition to your sober journey and your relapse prevention plan. 
Considering a return to treatment. If slips are becoming all-too-routine, you may simply not be ready for life after rehab. Consider re-enrolling in a residential program, committing to an intensive outpatient program, or moving into a sober house where you have accountability from therapists and colleagues.

At Complete Harmony, we offer non-12-step recovery programs and traditional treatment options for men and women of all ages. During holistic aftercare planning and therapy sessions, you will learn to identify and avoid potential triggers and prepare yourself for post-rehab success. To begin a journey to mindful empowerment, call 866.930.4673 today. Don’t allow one poor decision to derail your recovery. If you find yourself in a place of temptation and need immediate assistance, our compassionate team is here to help, 24/7!
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