Enough has been written and said about how drugs harm individual’s life. As being primary and progressive in nature the disease of addiction needs special care and attention. People use conventional methods to overcome haphazard effects of drug addiction. The principle of leverage in normally applied in aforementioned prospective. After going through treatment the biggest hurdle which patient feels is the chance and occurrence of relapsing.
In simple words relapse is “the process which crave patient to come out from abstinence”. These are certain situations which add fuels to relapse. These high risk situations are something that happens and makes us want to use drugs after making a vow to not to do so. People do not get into these high-risk situations ultimately which causing relapse rather there is certain pattern behind it. Some experts cause it BUDD (Building Up to Drink and Drug). Others call it SOUR (Setting ourselves up to relapse). These situations are so powerful that once the individual traps in it he really does not know what do.
High Risk Situations that leads towards relapsing are listed below:
Unable to Make Connections:
The ability to make relationship between drugging and problems facing from it seems outdated. It’s really a high risk situation because it initiates the sense to use drugs again as a part of solution. This situation paves the way to the thought that real problem is not our drugging rather it helps us to cope with these problems.
Denial to Acknowledge:
After unable to make the relationship between drugs and life problems the addict surrounds itself with mistaken belief of not being an addict. He tells himself that he is in control of drug use and drug is not controlling his life. He can stop any time he wants. For him drugging is not the problem it work for him as an on off switch button. As we on-off the electricity button to connect and disconnect the use of electricity similarly he has that much strong will to control the things.
Pushing away supportive people:
Once the situation of denial takes over, the addict tries to push away all the support against his use of drugs. He justify his stance by saying he is not using any sort of drugs. He is managing his cravings well. Give him time in isolation so he may rebuild himself again. These are all those tactics which usually loosen up the grip of family. As they know that the addict is now well versed in skills to handle craving for drug. This is one of the major sign by which family easily identify that the person is going to relapse.
Romancing the high’s:
In this situation addict start to relive the memories of drugging again. As how good it was to use drugs. He convinces himself by making those memories bigger and blocking the pain, problems associated afterwards. He tends to believe that he always felt good and never had pain or problems when he was on drugging.
Sobriety as a boring process:
After romancing the feeling of high’s next situation which stuck the mind is to see the process of sobriety dull and less charming. He starts thinking about how hard it is to stay away from drugs. Sober living is nothing but driven with pain, problems and obstacles.
Reproducing Addictive thinking:
In this situation the addict believe that drugs can magically fix all his problems. All the skills that he learns at treatment are of no use. Drugging may save his soul for further deterioration. He keeps recycling three thoughts in his head. One is remembering how good it was; secondly how bad it is not to use drug; thirdly how much pleasure it drives by using it again and again. All of these high risks situations further leads towards making his life more miserable and enhancing the chance of relapsing. Addict becomes more restless. Indulge him to arguing and fighting for patty things. He is sensitive towards managing stress. He is unable to find a distinguish between low stress situation and high stress situations. He cannot concentrate on things; not more than few minutes.
If any of these situation are experienced by the family or the addict himself who is in the path of sobriety. He must or the family must seek professional help to counter an upcoming relapse.