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Why Do I Keep Relapsing?

Relapse is very real. It’s a common part of the addiction process. Addiction can be both chronic and relapsing in nature. In recent years, addiction treatment has become more equipped to handle relapse. However, they can also help individuals get to the root of their addiction. When the underlying causes are uncovered, there is a much greater chance of breaking the cycle of relapse.

Is Relapsing a Normal Part of Addiction?

According to “Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction,” published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse, or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop.” Relapse rates for addiction are similar to those for other chronic medical illnesses, like hypertension and asthma.

NIDA points out that relapse does not equal failure. Treatment for any chronic disease involves changing deeply rooted behaviors. This can be difficult when you have become accustomed to a cycle.

Dangers of Relapsing

Though relapsing is a normal part of addiction, it can also be dangerous and even deadly. NIDA explains that if a person were to use “as much of the drug as they did before quitting, they can easily overdose because their bodies are no longer adapted to their previous level of drug exposure.” Newer treatments, combined with the way we now approach addiction, are designed to get to the root of the condition.

Reasons for Relapsing

Being in a high-risk situation for substance use is unwise early in recovery. Feeling triggered commonly leads to relapse. According to the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, “lifestyle factors, such as overall stress level, one’s temperament and personality, as well as cognitive factors” can influence relapse. Many people rationalize substance use, stay in denial, or have a desire for immediate gratification.

Break the Cycle of Relapse

In order to stop the cycle of relapse, treatment must identify past trauma and underlying conditions that may have led to addiction. Comprehensive treatment that gets to the root of the problem can have a higher success rate in breaking the cycle.

At The Guest House, our guests are paired with certified trauma therapists. We also utilize many ancient Eastern therapies like meditation, yoga, and breathwork. These “non-traditional” methods allow you to connect with deeper parts of your mind. You can find lasting sobriety and happiness in life.

Relapse is a common part of the addiction recovery process. The cycle of relapse may seem never-ending, but it can be broken with dedicated treatment that gets to the root of the addiction. At The Guest House, we understand that trauma and addiction can go hand-in-hand. Our programs aim to help you uncover and heal from trauma through a variety of therapeutic modalities. See how The Guest House can help you finally break the cycle of relapse. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.