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Navigating Relapse During Recovery

Navigating relapse during recovery is not as straightforward as one might think. We know that the road of recovery requires dedication and motivation; however, when we are new to recovery, we may not know what to expect or what the ideal recovery journey may look like. Likewise, we may even be a little apprehensive about having the proper means to navigate the situation if we encounter triggers that could lead to relapse.

The Recovery Journey

Since the recovery journey is long and arduous, it will take dedication and focus on staying sober. Many people believe that the ideal recovery journey is a simple path that will unfold before their eyes. However, while you are on your journey of recovery, unexpected events will occur, and you may feel unprepared for experiences or situations that you encounter.

Your recovery journey will not be the same as anyone else’s, and there is no such thing as an ideal recovery. Each recovery journey is different because we have unique characteristics and personality traits, and we have all gone through different experiences. The same can be said for navigating relapse during recovery. When an individual is in recovery, it’s essential to understand that relapse can happen to anyone.

Navigating Through Relapse and Reaching Out

When you were in treatment, you developed tools and skills to guide you, similar to how a hiker might use a compass. These tools and skills are a resource to use when unexpected situations arise or if you need help recognizing your triggers.

Often, there are times after treatment that individuals will have to navigate through relapse with the help of others. Aftercare plans that you developed during treatment are a great help in living a life free from substance abuse. The tools and skills you learned in rehab, the coping mechanisms, and the relationships you developed will make your recovery journey more successful.

If you find yourself triggered by people, places, or situations, reaching out for help is one of the best ways to avoid relapse. Likewise, if you have relapsed and are using drugs or alcohol, reaching out for help can help you get back on track. Remember that you don’t have to journey through recovery alone.

The team at The Guest House understands how difficult life after treatment can be, and we know that relapse is a common concern. We are here to help prepare you for your life after treatment and give you the proper resources so you can navigate through your journey with a sense of inspiration and purpose. If you want more information on avoiding relapse during recovery or getting back on track after a relapse, reach out to our team at (855) 483-7800.