Recovery After A Relapse
There’s a saying in the rooms of recovery that goes a little something like “relapse is a part of recovery.” Relapsing on drugs and alcohol after a period of sobriety is common.
With that in mind, we have set out to write the definitive guide to relapse and recovery. Find information below on the signs of relapse on some specific drugs.
Additionally, find information on what action to take after a drug relapse. The most important thing to remember about relapse is that you can decide to regain control of your life quickly without allowing drugs and alcohol to take over again. Addiction has the power to destroy families, friendships, and take lives.
If you have a loved one in recovery who may be slipping, read on for vital information about how to be sure. Or, if you’re an addict struggling with a heroin or meth relapse, or an alcoholic struggling with alcohol, read on for helpful suggestions.
Signs of A Heroin Relapse
It’s important to point out that the following relapse signs aren’t the same for everyone. The most apparent signs of relapsing on heroin are nodding off, pinned pupils, excessive scratching, track marks, and possession of paraphernalia like needles and “cookers.” Nodding off is when someone falls into short periods of unconsciousness. It’s called nodding off because they’ll start to slump over and suddenly jerk awake.
Pinned pupils are when someone’s pupils are small. All opioids – from codeine to oxycodone to Vicodin to heroin – will make someone’s pupils small. Also, track marks are the puncture wounds and bruising around where someone injects heroin.
Signs of Cocaine and Meth Use
Cocaine or meth relapse can take many forms and have many telltale signs. Signs include things like not sleeping for extended periods, burns on your loved one’s lips, repetitive tics, paranoia, and possession of paraphernalia like meth/crack pipes. You can find more specific information regarding cocaine addiction treatment here.
Signs of An Alcohol Use
The signs of an alcohol relapse are often more subtle than the symptoms of a drug relapse. That’s because alcohol doesn’t have as profound of an effect on users as heroin, cocaine, or other hard drugs do. Still, things like smelling of liquor, erratic behavior, and being unable to remember certain things are common signs of an alcohol relapse. Learn more about alcohol addiction treatment here.
General Drug and Alcohol Relapse Signs
As far as generic drug and alcohol relapse signs, there are several traits families should know. Actions such as lying, losing or missing money, exhibiting old behavior, and hanging out with old using friends are all common signs of a relapse. In this case, reach out for professional help. Call a drug and alcohol hotline, a specialist, or our Florida drug treatment center. These are all proactive steps to take that will minimize the impact of your loved one’s drug or alcohol use on their physical health and your emotional health.
What to Do Afterwards
Relapse and recovery are a struggle for most addicts and alcoholics. Asking for help is the simplest and also the hardest thing to do after relapsing. Because although it’s simple to pick up and phone and tell the truth, it isn’t easy at all. Addiction and alcoholism are rife with guilt and shame. Thus, addicts need to walk through this guilt and shame and do the right thing, no matter how difficult it is.
With that in mind, call Lighthouse today. Our staff can guide you through the process of recovering from a slip. If you need treatment, they’ll be able to get you into our doors, safe and secure. More than anything else, they’ll be able to listen and understand what you’re going through. They’ve been there and come out on the other side happy and healthy.