Have you been experiencing these feelings and behaviors, or noticed these signs in your loved one?
Engaging in relapse behaviors before experiencing a chemical relapse
(ex: isolation, an increase in emotions that are difficult to manage, returning to old, problematic behaviors)
Losing ground in recovery
(ex: decrease in spiritual and emotional growth, decreased meeting attendance, decreased use of a sober support system
Increasing compulsive behaviors
(ex: increased focus on work, exercise, shopping, sex and relationships, gambling, internet and video game use, etc.)
Having difficulty managing emotions in healthy ways
(ex: being overwhelmed with guilt and shame, sadness and grief, pain and fear)
Having relationship problems
(ex: family/friends walk on eggshells around you, decreased open and honest communication, and secretive behaviors)
- Losing hope that things will get better
- Feeling like life feels out of balance
If these feel all too familiar, it may be time to talk to someone about relapse treatment.