12 ,Oct, 2019

Over the past 30 years I have witnessed numerous relapses and there is a commonality amongst many of them.

“I was feeling really well physically and thought I had over come my drinking problems. I felt like I could drink moderately and socially like normal people”

“Within a very short time I was back to drinking at the same level as when I last stopped.”

 Getting well physically can easily lead to the thought process I now have my drinking/using issues under control and it is a very short trip to a relapse.

“I got that busy at work I stopped exercising, my diet suffered and I started to feel very uncomfortable in my head.”

It is imperative to achieve a balanced life style in recovery. Exercise, diet and good sleep patterns are a critical component to maintaining sobriety.

“I stopped working my recovery plan. I committed to going to 3 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous a week and this slowly reduced to one a week and then one every few weeks and then I stopped going all together.”

It is of paramount importance to adhere to your recovery plan. Maintaining sobriety is a constant in every recovery. It needs to be addressed every day.

I often say to clients there are 4 things that make a recovery alcoholic/addict function

  1. Air
  2. Food
  3. Water
  4. Sobriety

Without each of these four we cease to exist.

“When I started to feel wobbly I did not reach out to my support network. I thought I knew how to handle it!”

When it comes to issues that are starting to subvert our recovery we should never try to become our own treating physician. The rule is simple…. reach out and talk to people who have been through what you are going through. Talk to them, tell them how you are feeling and LISTEN to them.

These are some of the more common warning signs that appear in many cases of people who experience a relapse.