The Holidays Can Be Triggering — Here's How You Can Overcome a Relapse in Recovery

Dealing with family over the holiday season can be enough to overwhelm anyone. Maybe you broke a cardinal rule of recovery and used the substance you’d previously abused. What do you do?

Relapse isn’t uncommon; in fact, an estimated 40% to 60% of people in recovery experience at least one instance of drug relapse. If you relapsed over the holidays or have relapsed since, you’re not alone, and this isn’t the end of the road. 

Recovery presents its own set of challenges, and nobody wants to go back to the pain they felt when their addiction was at its worst. Relapse doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It means you have a new opportunity to be healthy and have greater control of your own life. The new year could mean a fresh start. 

Insight Health & Wellness is deeply invested in your health and well-being. Our team uses an innovative method of figuring out what makes each patient happy. We also offer flexible payment options, taking the stress about cost off of you and your loved ones. 

Why did I relapse?

There is no one answer to this understandable question. Making it through the holiday season is difficult for many people. Feelings of depression and isolation can be particularly high. The huge show of wealth and happiness advertised on television, social media, and outdoors don’t mesh with many people living with addiction.

From addressing the psychology behind addiction to creating custom and affordable solutions that work, we can help you on your journey from addiction to better mental and physical health — focusing on mind, body, and spirit. 

How long do I have to get back on track?

There’s no set time that you have to get back on track, but it’s always better to treat your addiction as what it is — a disease. This means that your disease can worsen without proper and immediate treatment.

The longer you spend under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the harder it is for you to get back on track. We always encourage you to get back to your rehab program immediately after a relapse — the sooner you come back, the sooner your treatment can begin again. 

How do I overcome a relapse?

The first step to overcoming relapse is the same as overcoming addiction in the first place: Admit and accept that there’s a problem. Family is typically a great source of support, or your sober friends can be a safe place for you.

If you relapse during your treatment program, you may need certain medications to keep you stable and even save your life. We work with you to prevent relapse, identifying triggers and setting you up with tools to cope with threats to a healthy recovery.

Our team specializes in the treatment that can make the difference that you need. Insight Health & Wellness in West Los Angeles, California, is always waiting to give you the assistance you deserve. Call us today, or request an appointment online.

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