Signs Your Loved One Relapsed

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If your loved one is a recovering addict, you may have been there during their darkest days and watched, feeling helpless.

You may have seen them hit rock bottom or even helped them find an addiction treatment center in Chicago to help them get better. If not, you may have been lucky enough to just see them now sober. Whether you were there through it all or you only know them as being sober, addiction is a lifelong struggle and just because they went through treatment, doesn’t mean they couldn’t fall back into their addiction.

Relapse Warning Signs

An addiction relapse can happen for any number of reasons. It is estimated that as many as 40% to 60% recovering addicts from substance abuse disorders will relapse at some point in their life.1 If the recovering addict is experiencing an especially difficult time in their life such as the loss of a loved one, a divorce, or recent traumatic experience, they may resort back to drugs or alcohol to help them cope. Stress is another big reason drug addicts relapse, but the truth is that drug triggers can come from anywhere. If recovering addicts come in contact with past places, people, or things that remind them of their drug habits, they may develop a drug craving that they just can’t shake. The result could be a relapse.

Signs of Drug Addiction Relapse

At Banyan Chicago, we know all too well that addiction is a disease and a lifelong struggle. Unfortunately for many recovering addicts, this struggle may include a drug relapse. If your loved one is a recovering addict, you should be aware of these signs of drug addiction relapse so that you can recognize a problem before it gets much much worse.

Signs of relapse include:

  • Secretive Behavior – If your loved one starts lying to you or being deceitful, there is a good chance that they are doing so to hide their relapse.
  • Questionable Behavior – Our PHP in Chicago creates a strict schedule for patients and promotes self-improvement. The longer someone is outside of rehab, the harder it can be for them to maintain this growth on their own. As a result, they may start slipping into some bad habits that will make a relapse more likely.
  • Making Excuses – If a recovering addict is starting to slip back into bad habits, they may make excuses as the truth is much harder to face.
  • Money Problems – If you notice your loved one’s spending habits have increased or they are suddenly having money issues, a relapse could be the source. It takes a lot of money to fund an addiction.
  • Neglecting Responsibilities – When a recovering addict skips work and addiction meetings or neglects their duties at home, it may be because they are too preoccupied with drugs or alcohol.
  • Social Withdrawal – Your friend or loved one may be feeling ashamed for having relapsed and could be avoiding you. It is important to reach out to them.
  • Mood & Behavior Changes – A relapse can be accompanied by a variety of mood and behavioral changes such as odd sleep habits, abnormal eating, and mood swings. Basically, if your gut tells you that you loved one has been acting strange, it may be because of a relapse.

What to Do If Your Loved One Is Showing Signs of Relapse

If your loved one is showing signs of relapse, it is important to get them professional help immediately. If you wait too long, their addition could spiral out of control again. Our Chicago relapse program is designed to stabilize recovering addicts after a relapse.

If your loved one is showing signs of an addiction relapse or needs first-time treatment, get them help today. Call us at 888-280-4763 to learn how you may be able to get them the treatment they need. They will thank you one day.


Sources:

  1. 1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction
 

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Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.