More people than ever are suffering from drug or alcohol chemical dependence. The whole world is affected right down to the garden state. Hundreds of thousands of people die every year due to drug related complications be it from long term drug use health problems or due to a fatal overdose. Treatment has not always been accessible to those who need it most, but as the opioid epidemic has shone a light on the seriousness of the problem, New Jersey is taking action to offer more protections for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. The hope is that everyone would have ready access to a drug rehab center in New Jersey. Detox, rehabilitation and after care services are available at Discovery Institute, the best New Jersey rehab for personalized, holistic care.


When someone goes through a treatment program and arrive home, the thing that will almost inevitably haunt them the most is the possibility of relapse. Below are some warning signs of relapse.


  • Discovery InstituteEating Habits Change – Something often happens with people who are suffering from addiction to an drugs or alcohol is that they begin to eat differently. Drugs often have the effect of giving a person more of an appetite, or less of an appetite, but usually the changes are obvious by even an outside observer. Weight loss and weight gain usually happen in this sort of situation rather quickly. The drug or alcohol user will alter their eating habits significantly, and sometimes to the point of developing an eating disorder.


  • They Start Hanging Out With Old Friends – If someone begins visiting or hanging out with the people they used to do drugs with, or their old drinking buddies, it may be a sign that they are on the edge of or already relapsing. Before an alcohol or drug addict gets help, they often have a whole community centered around people they party with. People they can rely on to not judge them for their addiction. During detoxification and rehabilitation the addict often realizes that these relationships must to change or end all together in order to build a healthy new way of living. If someone goes back to those relationships they may be relapsing, or just on the precipice of doing so.


  • They Begin Isolating Themselves –  Drug addicts isolate themselves, sometimes spending full days even weeks alone. They push people away whom they know and love, and they dread seeing people they do not know.  They will likely especially push away family and close friends who may judge them for their addiction. Even if their community is largely supportive, they may fear the judgement so much that they isolate themselves in expectation of the shame they will feel with interaction.  


  • They Start Drinking or Using “Casually” – If someone begins to express a kind of sureness or belief that they have been cured, they will almost surely experience a devastating relapse. These are the types of situations where a person struggling to hold on to their sobriety will be more likely to say yes when a coworker invites the addict out for drinks. They may think they can casually use the substance they once abused, believing like they probably did before rehab that they can “stop whenever they want” but the fact is, addiction is not a curable disease.


Treatment After Relapse

Relapse is a scary possibility for those who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment programs are laborious, to say the least and the thought of having to go through treatment again likely feels hopeless. But Discovery Institute is available to those who suffer from addiction, be it someone who has never been to a treatment center, or those who need to return. Do not look at relapse as a failing on your part. Addiction is a chronic disease, and sometimes people suffer from a resurgence of chronic diseases. If you suffer a relapse, the important thing is to get back into treatment and start over. We are here for you. Call today.

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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