Recovery isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would do it and stick with it. Congratulations on making it this far, even if it doesn’t seem quite far enough. Committing to recovery isn’t just about sobriety, it’s also about how you deal with stressors, who you develop and maintain relationships with, how you decide to spend free time, and how you view yourself. That’s a lot, so it’s no surprise that slip-ups happen, especially in the beginning. According to Very Well Mind, nearly 90% of people relapse at least once before meeting their long-term sobriety goals.

Here are a few reasons why you might have relapsed and ways to correct the action so you can have more success the next time.

You might not have chosen the right facility for you

Your level of success is deeply tied to how connected you felt to the people and place that was guiding your journey. To choose the right center, think about things like what types of services they offer, how the people make you view yourself, and whether or not it seems like a safe and comforting environment.

You didn’t set specific measurable goals

You might still have cravings and certain situations might tempt you, but the temptation alone isn’t a failure. Your goal might be centered on denying the temptation and avoiding use rather than not being tempted at all. Don’t be overconfident, this is a process.

Your focus was not on full mind, body recovery

According to WebMD, exercise releases feel-good endorphins that calm the mind and body while reducing stress. Pairing various types of exercise, even just walking, with meditation and healthier eating during periods of sobriety will help heal your whole self and improve overall cognitive functioning.

You thought you had to hit rock bottom first

If you slip up, focus on getting back on track rather than letting that deter you further. There is no truth to the idea that you have to hit rock bottom to find your way back to the top, it is only an excuse to delay your recovery by continuing to do the same harming habits.

REASONS YOU MIGHT HAVE RELAPSED AND WHY YOU SHOULD TRY AGAIN (AND AGAIN) IF YOU DO

You didn’t ask for help

Be willing to ask for help and accept it when it’s given. There is no guilt or shame in letting friends, family, and general acquaintances know that you are trying to stay sober and could use some assistance getting there. In fact, that level of accountability might lead to more successful outcomes.

At Asana Recovery we are here to guide and support you whether this is your first time in treatment or tenth. Our dedicated staff in our beautiful facility offer personal and group experiences that allow you to move at your own pace while also encouraging you to try just a little harder than you might have thought you could. Here, you will find a safety net of practitioners that care enough to catch you if you fall but will also help you spring back into action. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to get your recovery moving forward.