RISK FACTORS FOR RELAPSE
Many chronic diseases involve high rates of relapse. For example, research indicates that 30-50% of those suffering from the chronic disease of Type 1 diabetes will experience a relapse and that 50-70% of people with hypertension or asthma will experience a relapse.
With a relapse rate of 40-60%, the chronic disease of substance addiction is in this same position. While a relapse should not be considered a treatment failure, the experience can be demoralizing. It is worthwhile to understand the factors that put someone at a greater risk for experience a relapse after treatment.
Naturally, the precise cause or causes of a relapse will vary from person to person and situation to situation. The following, noncomprehensive, list includes only some of the more commonly cited factors:
– Arguments with family, friends, or other loved ones
– Experiencing a sudden tragedy
– Physical discomfort
– Peer pressure or socializing with other users
– Intense cravings or strong urges to use
– Believing that a single use will not lead to a relapse
– Negative emotional states like stress, anxiety, or depression
– A desire to increase or maintain a positive emotional states
While some of the risk factors may be subject to individual control, others are unavoidable. If a relapse does occur, it is important to communicate openly and seek help immediately.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.