How to Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

How to Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

In addiction treatment, you expect to know someone who has struggled with drug or alcohol addiction. Those who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction may become close friends, and connecting with other recovered addicts can provide strength and encouragement for hard times. However, close friends like these can also make your recovery more difficult if they relapse.

How to Support Someone Through Relapse

When someone close to you relapses into drug and alcohol abuse, you must love and support that person. People who relapse usually want a friend to listen to their feelings without judgment; as someone who understands how tough addiction is, you can be this friend. If you support your relapsed loved one, then you must be prepared to cope with any temptations that arise.

How to Cope with Relapse Temptations

Even when you are supporting someone who has relapsed, you can still encounter stress and temptation that threaten your own recovery. In that regard, it is important for you to have strong coping techniques. Simply fleeing the trigger is a great way to avoid drug use when you feel tempted to relapse. Your loved one will likely recognize how tempting it is for you to be around drugs or alcohol, so she should understand if you need to take time away to care for yourself.

If you cannot take time away from your relapsed loved one, then reduce stress and temptation by establishing clear interpersonal rules. For example, you may jointly create a rule that your loved one will not use drugs or alcohol in your presence. Rules like these ensure that temptation is kept to a minimum.

Know When to Seek Help

It can be easy to get so wrapped up in your loved one’s relapse that you overlook your own needs. To combat this issue, be aware of the signs that you may relapse, and they are as follows:

  • Preoccupation with using drugs or alcohol
  • Thinking it is okay to use drugs or drink alcohol just once more
  • Feeling bored or uninterested in recovery
  • Avoiding social situations and canceling plans with loved ones to be alone or with drug users
  • Skipping therapy appointments or support group meetings
  • Substituting the desire to use drugs or alcohol with another unhealthy behavior
  • Seeking objects that trigger cravings

If you notice that your loved one’s relapse has initiated any of these signs in yourself, then treatment may be the best option for you. Remaining active in therapy and support groups can turn these signs around, which may prevent relapse.

Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

By choosing recovery, you are taking the first and most important step toward happiness. If you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about treatment for drug and alcohol addiction; seek help now to prevent relapse.