Relapse Danger Signs

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Relapse Danger Signs

Getting sober is a major accomplishment. That’s why it’s so important to avoid relapsing. Sadly, it’s estimated that between 40 and 60 percent of people who have been treated for a drug or alcohol addiction relapse within a year. Knowing the relapse danger signs can help you or a loved one avoid this from happening. Also, being aware of how to prevent relapse can make a huge difference in the outcome of a patient’s recovery.

What are Relapse Danger Signs?

Relapsing is not something that happens immediately. It’s a slow process with several signs along the away. But, not everyone will show the same signs that they are in danger of relapsing. Researchers have uncovered several of the most common signs to look out for:

Elevated Stress

Everyone has stress in their lives. But, for those recovering from addiction, this stress can lead to relapse. Not knowing how to deal with stress can lead some people to start thinking about using once again. If stress leads to mood swings, this can be a sign that one is on the path to relapsing.


Fear can present itself in many ways. Someone may have a fear of not being able to live without drugs and alcohol. They may be afraid they’re being judged or they may fear that they are incapable of a full recovery. When these feelings begin to surface, the chance of relapse increases.

Pulling Away from Support System

Another sign of relapse is when people begin to pull away from their support system. This can happen when they begin to withdraw from support meetings or from gathering with friends and family who are helping with their recovery. When people are not getting the support they need to help them recover, they may revert to their old patterns of behavior.

Withdrawal Symptoms Return

When someone is trying to quit their addiction, they go through withdrawal symptoms. These can include anxiety or depression. If these feelings begin to resurface, a relapse may be imminent. Getting treatment for these symptoms sooner rather than later can help prevent a relapse.

Interacting with People who Use Drugs and Alcohol

Part of recovering is cutting ties with people who contributed to your addiction. If you start to associate with them once again, especially if they are still using, there is a good chance you will relapse.

If you or someone you love starts exhibiting this behavior, it’s important to seek professional help to stay sober.


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Stages of Relapse

Besides recognizing the symptoms of relapse, it’s also important to know that relapsing can happen in stages. Researchers define these stages as emotional, mental, and physical.

Emotional Relapse

During an emotional relapse, people are not taking care of themselves or doing the things that will help them stay sober. This includes not attending support meetings and hiding emotions.

Mental Relapse

Mental relapse happens when people really start considering using again. Although they may try to ignore these thoughts, they begin to take over.

Physical Relapse

During a physical relapse, someone slips and uses once again. For some people, this is enough to get back on track, but for others, it’s the catalyst that reignites their addiction.

Tips to Prevent Relapse

If you’re afraid of relapsing or are afraid someone you love is about to relapse, consider these tips:

Practice Self-Care

Eating right, getting enough sleep, and keeping on a schedule can help to prevent relapse. When you start to ignore your body’s needs, you open the door to abusing it once again.

Finding a Purpose

When you have a steady job, you feel as though you have a purpose in life. This can help to keep you on track.

Practicing Stress-Relief

Exercising and meditating are great ways to relieve stress and prevent relapse. When your stress level is lower, you’ll feel less likely to use again.

Attend Support Group Meetings

Support group meetings are a great way to stay sober. Knowing that there are people who believe in you can make all the difference in your recovery.

Prevent Relapse at SpringBoard Recovery

SpringBoard Recovery works closely with each of its patients to help them prevent relapse. This includes developing a customized program for their addiction. Besides group and individual therapy sessions, SpringBoard Recovery also offers its patients access to a yoga studio to help battle stress. There is also a swimming pool for regular exercise.

If you want more information about treatment programs at SpringBoard Recovery, call us today or send us a message online. Let us help you live the sober life you deserve.


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FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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