During recovery, it’s pretty common to think about using again – or mentally relapsing – but it can be a slippery slope if these thoughts aren’t fleeting. If you remain in a mental relapse for too long, you may find yourself battling intense cravings, bargaining, skipping therapy sessions or meetings and/or putting yourself in risky situations. Perhaps worse, you might even begin mentally planning your relapse.
Now, here’s the good news: Even if you’re in a mental relapse, you can prevent yourself from using again with some healthy coping skills. If the thought of using becomes too great – even after trying some of these strategies – don’t wait to seek professional help.
- Talk about it. This is what sponsors, support groups and loved ones are there for – to support you during the ups and downs of recovery. You’ll soon realize that you’re not alone and, even though it’s difficult, it is possible to resolve a mental relapse.
- Go for a brisk walk. Heading outdoors and taking a brisk walk will help you burn off some energy and gain some perspective on your feelings and thoughts. Plus, the change of scenery will help you take your mind off of your cravings and provide some mental space to reflect on how hard you’ve worked, how far you’ve come and the consequences of relapsing.
- Write about it. Journaling can help you release any negative emotions or doubts you’re experiencing. This way, you can return your focus to recovery. It’s also a great way to jot down all of the positives of being sober.
A Program for the Treatment-Resistant
At BRC Recovery, we specialize in treating chronic relapsers and the treatment-resistant. Our clients are assigned a recovery manager and counselor upon admission who work with them one-on-one, helping them stay focused, dedicated and inspired. To learn more about our expert relapse treatment, call us today: 866-905-4550.