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03 Sep Knowing When it’s Time to Return to Rehab

Completing a residential addiction treatment program is a big step, and a huge success along the road to recovery. Speedbumps along the way can send us backsliding though, and sometimes returning to rehab may be what we need to do to get moving forward again. Experiencing a relapse is a sure sign that we need to head back to the care center, but there are other signs that we need that intensive help as well.

Sensing a Loss of Control

Just like we don’t have to wait until we hit rock bottom to check into rehab the first time around, we don’t have to wait until we suffer a relapse to go back for more help. If you feel that your cravings to use are reaching out of control levels, don’t wait for the worst to happen, go back to rehab now! Checking into rehab before a relapse happens will make it easier for you to get back on top again, and will offer you a reprieve from the stresses of staying clean before you’ve done irreversible damage. Checking back into rehab doesn’t signify failure, it shows that we’re strong enough to recognize when we need help, and to ask for it.

Feeling Imbalanced

Big life changes are going to come along, and so are stressful situations. When we’re feeling overwhelmed, lonely, or frustrated, we don’t have to try and face it alone. Checking back into rehab for even a couple of days can help us to get recentered, refreshed, and ready to face life head-on again. Being able to relax and stay calm is a major component of fighting addiction, and sometimes a brief time-out is necessary to maintain our progress. The rehab center is part of your family, so don’t hesitate to come back and get your bearings again whenever you feel like you need to.

Mental Health Issues

For those of us who are struggling with co-occurring mental or emotional disorders along with our addiction, suffering a setback in these areas can lead to relapse. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are just a few of the disorders common among addicts, and these disorders need to be treated right along side the addiction. If you’re dealing with an increase of symptoms of a co-occurring disorder, you should check back into rehab, even if you don’t feel like you’re at risk for a relapse at this time. You can receive help for your mental disorder at the rehab center as well, and you’ll be able to be sure that you’re in a safe place should your addiction be triggered by these trials.

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