Relapse is part of recovery for many people. Sobriety is a decision to abstain from drugs and alcohol that people in addiction recovery face daily. Unfortunately, cravings for drugs and alcohol can become too much to manage, resulting in relapse. This can be discouraging, but it’s important to remember that relapse doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that your drug or alcohol treatment failed. Because relapse is common in the early stages of recovery, our Clearbrook Massachusetts rehab offers a stabilization program that helps people who have relapsed get back on their feet.

Why Is Drug and Alcohol Relapse So Dangerous?

Experiencing a relapse on drugs or alcohol can be extremely risky for many reasons. For starters, relapse frequently happens after a period of abstinence, during which time the body’s tolerance to the drug is reduced. After this absence, a person’s body can no longer handle the same level of intoxication when they relapse and resume abusing the substance in question at the same dosage they were used to. As a result, there is a far greater chance of overdosing, which can be fatal.

Relapse can also have a significant negative effect on a person’s mental and emotional health. It can result in emotions of failure, guilt, and humiliation, which can aggravate existing mental health issues or bring on the onset of new ones. The emotional anguish that is associated with relapse can worsen the cycle of addiction because people may use drugs or alcohol as a coping method to deal with these distressing feelings. As a result, there is an increased risk of addiction, which exacerbates the negative psychological and physical repercussions of substance usage.

Finally, relapsing on drugs or alcohol might have negative social repercussions. Relationships with family, friends, and other loved ones may become strained, which can cause feelings of alienation and loneliness. Financial consequences of relapse, such as job loss or increased spending on drugs, can also cause a great deal of stress and worsen the negative effects on a person’s life. These societal repercussions can exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and despair, making it much harder for people to escape the cycle of addiction.

Our Recovery and Relapse Treatment

Relapse is a common aspect of addiction recovery for many people, especially during the first year of sobriety. Although this isn’t the case for everyone, we never want our alumni to feel as if they’ve failed or have ruined their progress if they relapse. The fact of the matter is that it’s normal for people to come across temptations that seem too strong to stand against. This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, but rather it’s just a sign that you need improvement in certain areas. Our stabilization program incorporates one-on-one therapy and relapse prevention training to help patients learn why they relapsed and how to avoid it in the future.

Our Addiction Stabilization Center in Massachusetts

At our Northeast addictions treatment center, we want our patients to know that one mistake in their recovery journey does not define the rest of their progress. Our stabilization program for relapse is designed to help you regain your strength, confidence, and control over your sobriety.

While therapy and relapse prevention training are the main focuses of this program, there are other steps within our stabilization plan that can be beneficial but aren’t required. One of these steps is medical detox. This is a form of treatment in which patients are slowly weaned off of drugs and alcohol under medical supervision. One of the most common risks of relapse is overdose. Oftentimes, patients who have been sober for even just a few weeks may overdose because they administer the same dose they once did while they were actively using drugs or drinking. This can intoxicate the body, resulting in an overdose. A medically monitored detox can help patients recover and avoid overdose.

Another step is our residential treatment program. Our Massachusetts inpatient drug rehab requires patients to live at our facility throughout the duration of their treatment. Inpatient drug treatment is most beneficial to individuals who need one-on-one time with our team and need to be separated from outside distractions and temptations that can impinge on their progress.

Our stabilization program is a 14-day process that is available to those who have relapsed or require drug detox. After the program is complete, patients can return to their prior form of care or continue their recovery at home.

If you or a loved one has relapsed or is battling a drug or alcohol addiction, Clearbrook Treatment Centers Massachusetts is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our stabilization program and other levels of substance abuse treatment.

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