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Drug Relapse Prevention

To prevent a drug relapse, one must pay attention to warning signs. Many in recovery think about using again before actually relapsing, and those dangerous thoughts must be dealt with early and aggressively. If you’re having trouble staying clean, call American Addiction Centers today at 800-890-1956 to get you back on track.

What are warning signs of drug relapse?

In addition to thinking about using and craving drugs again, other warning signs of drug relapse include:

  1. Feeling trapped. This could be because of financial difficulties or other issues. The addict begins to think there’s nowhere to turn and may use out of desperation.
  2. Depression. Everyone gets down in the dumps sometimes, but feelings of depression for recovering addicts can become so severe they trigger relapse, or even thoughts of suicide.
  3. A sense of crisis. Everyday problems become overwhelming for the addict, who may feel no matter how hard they try, they can’t fix what is wrong.
  4. Return of denial. The addict stops telling others what he or she is thinking and feeling. The addict tells others that everything is alright, when in fact it’s not.


Drug relapse prevention is a team effort.

Recovering addicts can’t prevent a drug relapse on their own. The addict’s role is to take notice of warning signs when they occur, and then seek assistance from family members, their sponsor in a 12-step program or a professional counselor.

Some addicts find it helpful to enter a drug rehab program as a way of relapse prevention, even if they’ve already gone through rehab before. Think of recovery as the building of a house, with rehab serving as the foundation. Some home repairs might only involve replacing some shingles or a window. As it relates to recovery, this means making slight changes to your day-to-day routine.

But when a house is on the verge of total collapse, the best way to save it is often by strengthening its underlying foundation, which is something the addict can do by re-entering rehab. Being open with other about your fear that a relapse is looming is not a sign of weakness. Asking for help is the strongest weapon to use against addiction. For more advice, call us at 800-890-1956.

Surgery and health ailments are danger zones for addicts.

Some recovering addicts hard at work to prevent relapse end up using again due to medical painkillers. Any time an addict has surgery or deals with persistent pain issues, such as a lingering back injury, he or she must be extremely careful; doctors often prescribe pain medication for recovering addicts without realizing they could destroy their patient’s progress and life by sparking their return in using coke, heroin, or other hard drugs all over again.

Recovering addicts must let their doctors know they suffer from addiction, just like they would for any other pre-existing condition, like heart disease. The doctor, meanwhile, is ethically obligated to treats addicts’ post-surgery pain or other ailments using non-addictive medications. There are plenty of pain relievers, both over-the-counter and prescription, that are non-addictive and therefore compatible with the goal of drug relapse prevention. If your doctor won’t make sobriety a priority when writing prescriptions, find yourself another doctor.

If you need help with drug relapse, please call us today at 800-890-1956.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance – we can help you with alcohol relapse prevention. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury drug rehab.