The progression of a substance abuse relapse happens weeks before the actual physical relapse of drinking or taking drugs begins. Once someone has decided to relapse, very little can stop him. How do we get so far away from the fundamentals of recovery that we want to take a drink or drug?
Mental, Emotional, & Social Relapse
Emotional and mental relapse are those juggernauts in recovery. Feelings of hopelessness and exhaustion from managing life’s stressors can wear a man down. Feelings of fear, anger, and hate creep up and feel comfortable. It’s easy enough to just ignore it and allow it to become routine. We know we’re on the wrong path towards a substance abuse relapse when we glamorize the past or obsessively think about when we last used.
Quality sobriety requires action. Reaching out to a sponsor, spiritual advisor, or loved one can help put into perspective those things in life that feel overwhelming. Support from others is necessary. Social sobriety becomes natural as we form relationships and friendships that sustain us in times of stress. We know when we have quality emotional sobriety when honesty, faith, courage, giving, and tolerance seem to become second nature.
Fireside Recovery provides a safe alcohol and drug-free sober living environment where you will be surrounded by like-minded men who want to recover together. You will be surrounded by support from peers and staff, who know what an emotional and mental relapse looks like, and can mentor and redirect you in times of stress and struggle.
When we walk through a 12-step program, we work through those negative emotions that keep us from living our best lives. Be patient with your loved one as they journey through recovery. If you would like to continue this conversation, please reach out to: JMoore@FiresideRecovery.com