Recognizing a Relapse

Your loved one may be struggling with an addiction. Unfortunately, this can be a battle that they struggle with throughout their life. Just because they’ve gone to a rehabilitation center and gotten clean, it doesn’t mean that they won’t turn to using drugs or alcohol again. It is very common for individuals to struggle with avoiding relapse. If this happens, you need to make sure that they receive treatment right away. Here are a few warning signs when recognizing a relapse.

Different Behavior

Your loved one may behave a lot differently when they relapse. They might start acting lethargic or change their routines. You may notice that they sleep later than normal, and may have difficulty getting up to go to work. They might not be as social as they used to be, and may even start to avoid your phone calls. Those that have relapsed will often isolate themselves from others. They will make excuses as to why they don’t want to hang out with those that they love and may simply disappear for days on end without an explanation. You also might notice a drastic shift in their mood. They may be extremely emotional, irritated or combative when you try to talk to them about relapse prevention.

Issues With Money

One of the tell-tale signs that someone has relapsed is money issues. They may have financial difficulties that they haven’t had in the past. They might not be able to pay their rent, their car payment or their utility bills. Individuals who relapse often don’t have sufficient money because they spend it on alcohol or drugs. Even if they work a lot, they may still have issues with money because they are blowing it on unnecessary expenses.

Absent For Important Engagements

When an individual has relapsed, they tend to only be concerned with getting high or drunk. They don’t make it a priority to attend important engagements. They may miss out on work meetings, parties or events that they have already committed to. The consequences of being absent don’t matter to them. 

Lying And Secrecy

Your loved one may be trying to hide what they are doing by lying to you. They will often lie to you about where they have been and what they have been doing. If you push them on it, they will act secretive. They will do this to try to hide their relapse. They don’t want to tell you that they were purchasing drugs and alcohol and using them. If you confront them on this, they may get defensive and try to avoid you. Just remember that this is common. They aren’t trying to hurt you, but they are trying to keep their relapse from you. 

Skips Recovery Meetings

Your loved ones may need to go to recovery meetings for relapse prevention. If they are suddenly skipping them, they may have relapsed. They will feel as if these meetings just aren’t that important. If you ask them why they haven’t been attending them, they will become angry and try to change the subject. No matter what you try to do, they will continue to skip out on meetings, and they will give you excuses as to why they can’t attend them. 

Where To Find Support

In conclusion, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your loved one has relapsed. All of the relapse warning signs mentioned above are common for those that are turning to drugs and alcohol again. The best way to determine if this true is to ask them. Keep in mind that they may lie to you at first. If you suspect that your loved one has relapsed, give us a call today. NRhythm is a sober living community that is located in Nashville, TN. Our team of recovery professionals is passionate about helping men overcome addiction so that they are free to be the best versions of themselves. We can help your loved one deal if they are avoiding relapse, and we can help them continue the recovery process.

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