WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE WORRIED YOUR LOVED ONE HAS RELAPSED
Like other chronic diseases, substance addiction has a high rate of relapse. Indeed, elapse is so common among those struggling with a substance use disorder that some professional treatment programs explicitly consider relapse to be a normal part of the recovery process.
It is normal to worry about your loved one relapsing after returning home from treatment, but there are some things you should keep in mind :
- Don’t Jump to Conclusions: It is important to check in with your loved one regular, not only when you suspect something may be wrong. Be approachable and don’t use an accusatory tone.
- Watch for Behavioral Changes: You remember what how your loved one behaved before they entered treatment. If they start acting like that again, you may have a good reason to worry.
- Financial Issues: Sudden and unexpected financial difficulties, especially where they are unexplained by other circumstances, may be a sign that your loved one has relapsed.
- Absences: Repeated absences from important events or obligations may indicate that your loved one is suffering a relapse.
If your loved one has relapsed, you can follow the plan you had developed in the event your loved one had refused to get treatment in the first place. Some people struggling with relapse may be more amenable to re-entering treatment than others. Make sure they know this is an option, but be prepared for the possibility that they will refuse further intervention.
At Asana Recovery we offer a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program for those struggling with any stage of addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our inspiring facilities and find out whether our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is right for you.