For many of you in the recovery process, relapse is a fear in the back of your mind. For recovery, you need to make a lifestyle change and this isn’t always easy to maintain. A lapse is a one-time return to addictive behavior whereas a relapse is a return to addictive lifestyle.
There are many signs that may point to relapse, and if you can identify these signs you can help prevent it and get help from a professional.
- Exhaustion- You are overly tired and in poor health.
- Dishonesty- You start to make up unnecessary lies or excuses.
- Impatience- Upset because things are not happening quickly enough.
- Argumentative- You are arguing over small things to appear in control.
- Depression- You feel helpless.
- Frustration- Annoyed with people and life when things are not working out.
- Self-Pity- Feeling sorry for yourself.
- Arrogance- Try to show others you don’t have a problem and start to take risks to prove you no longer fear relapse.
- Complacency- Letting go of discipline and healthy practices.
- Attitude- Upset about other people not changing when you have.
Learn more about these signs.