ADDICTION AND RELAPSE
The last two weeks of December and the first few weeks of the new year can be incredibly stressful for recovering addicts. And during a global pandemic, this time of year is even more challenging.
How should you help your loved one when they get out of rehab? What does that help look like? What should you do to ensure they don’t relapse?
One of the most feared words in the addiction treatment space is the word “relapse.” Relapse carries such a horrible connotation, and many recovering addicts associate “relapse” with “failure.” They should not do this. Relapses DO happen, yes, but there is a straightforward process of addressing relapses and making sure they DON’T happen again.
When struggling addicts go to rehab and end up relapsing afterward, it might make them a little jaded at the thought of going to rehab again. What can the parents and family members of addicts do to ensure that their loved ones don't give up?
“The opioid epidemic.” We hear this line on the news, on social media, in discussions within our communities, and so on. It is a well-known fact at this point that the United States is struggling with an opioid epidemic.
Let’s have a very intimate, significant, heart-to-heart discussion about drug and alcohol addiction, and what it takes to get recovered off of drugs and alcohol.
If one were to do a cursory survey or study of the most commonly asked questions about drug and alcohol addiction, it is very likely that the most commonly asked question would be, “Why do recovering addicts relapse?”