Recovery isn’t without its challenges and triggering moments. Those moments put recovery to the test. Two choices arise in the face of conflict and they are relatively black and white: you’ll either get through it without using, or you’re going to use. A critical and harmful belief can get in the way of choosing the first option: relapse. Some people advocate that relapse is a natural and acceptable part of the story because a recovering addict or alcoholic cannot help themselves but use. Relapse does happen, but it does not have to.
Here are some of Hired Power’s reasons why believing the narrative that relapse is part of the recovery story is a dangerous falsehood:
- Believing that relapse is part of the story makes it more difficult to conceive the idea of permanent, continuous recovery without episodic use of drugs and alcohol
- Enables the inconsequential thinking of addiction which disregards the pain, suffering, and loss which can occur during a relapse.
- Minimizes the risk of death and overdose during relapse. Many don’t’ realize that with each detox their body initially becomes weaker. Returning to the most recently used amount of substances and putting that into a new clean body can be fatal. Though the brain thinks the amount of substances is familiar, it will be toxic to the body. Relapse is never a guarantee.
- Relapse and recovery don’t go hand in hand. Once chemical dependency takes hold again, there is no telling when someone might back to recovery- if they make it back at all.
- The relapse narrative helps addicts and alcoholics hold on to the idea that they can drink and use again, getting in the way of the important process of surrender.
Hired Power wants to help your loved one stay in recovery for a lifetime. From safe passage transportation to transition planning and recovery coaches, our team is here to help you make your recovery work for you. For more information, call us today at 800.910.9299.