What Does Relapse look like for a Behavioral Disorder?

Recovery is not a stage, and it has no definitive ending. Recovery is a way of life and a time of constant change and adaptation as you move further and further away from addiction. Relapse can be devastating for the person going through it as well as their family and friends. When dealing with behavioral disorders, relapse can be especially painful and even dangerous as an exit from the behavior for any length of time followed by a sudden immersion can be devastating.  

Signs of Relapse

Depending on the type of behavioral disorder, it can be difficult to recognize a person that may have relapsed. For instance, if the person is dealing with a gambling addiction, and goes out to a casino late on a Friday night, when his family sees him at church on Sunday, they can’t necessarily see any difference. It isn’t immediately obvious that there is a problem. Sometimes, the person with the behavioral disorder can keep their relapse a secret for a long period of time, and by the time it is recognized, they are deep in the throes of the disorder. The longer the relapse goes unchecked, the more potential damage can be caused and the more difficult treatment becomes. It is difficult, and creates an incredible level of stress and pressure for family and friends to be forced to “police” someone in recovery from a behavioral disorder. Often if a relapse is missed, the friends and family are left with incredible guilt for not having seen the problem sooner, and not having noticed the signs of relapse.   

Hired Power offers services that take the guesswork out of treatment and recovery. Behavioral disorders can be difficult to diagnose and tricky to treat, so having professional support is imperative. The Personal Recovery Assistant program offers a customized, personalized solution where a hand-picked professional, educated individual serves as the coach or mentor. This person is then well-equipped to see signs of a potential relapse long before a friend or family member may notice. The sooner the relapse is addressed, the less damage it will cause. Make sure relapse is not left untreated, and get the help you or your loved one so desperately needs.

If you are concerned about someone dealing with a behavioral disorder and want to ensure the issue is addressed professionally and with a behavioral disorder expert, please call Hired Power at 714-559-3919.