We are in the time of year where temptations for those suffering from addiction are all around. From the social pressures of seasonal gatherings to financial pressures of the holidays, tension can run high during this time and increase the risk of relapse. However, giving in to old habits and using can be avoided after rehab in NJ, even during the holiday season.

Before a physical relapse happens, someone suffering an addiction may experience relapse emotionally and mentally. Emotional and mental relapse warning signs may be displayed individually or in combination with each other.

What Happens Emotionally Before Relapse?

Emotional warning signs of relapse commonly involve a person exhibiting poor self-care. They may fail to express emotions or isolate themselves. Not sharing during meetings or therapy, or not going to meetings at all, may start to become commonplace. Additionally, he or she may not eat regularly or have an unhealthy or insufficient diet as a result of mood. They may have poor sleeping habits, as well.

What Happens Mentally Before Relapse?

Someone that is headed toward relapse may go back and forth between wanting to use and not wanting to use. This mental struggle is often fueled by cravings and accompanied by a warped perspective of their addiction. They will start to dwell on people, places, and things associated with past use and minimize the consequences of their addiction to the point of almost glamorizing it. During times where he or she will want to use, they may start lying or bargaining.

What is Physical Relapse?

The point at which a person with an addiction actually uses again is considered physical relapse. A complete relapse usually occurs because the person hasn’t used the coping skills they learned in treatment to confront challenges. After the mental and emotional relapse wreaking havoc, they may simply give in to using to escape their own thoughts.

Avoid Relapse After Rehab in NJ

What can rehab in NJ do to help prevent relapse?

Since warning signs of relapse can appear weeks or months before it actually happens, they are usually be difficult to spot. However, rehab in NJ can help at the first sign, should it occur. If you suspect you or someone you know may relapse soon, it is never too early or too late to contact the Discovery Institute. At any point during recovery, we are ready to assist you with healthy, sober living.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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