Recovery and rehabilitation is not about numbing the brain with medications or delusions, but with correct, effective information that helps foster a new mindset. Successful and lifelong recovery most often includes a few bumps in the road – relapse is common and to be expected – but there are ways to tell if you’re heading in the direction of relapse, and get back on track before that happens.
Courtesy of Psych Central, here are five signs you or your loved one may need to change your recovery strategy:
Refusing to ask for help.
“Refusing to reach out for help, whether that includes inpatient or outpatient treatment, counseling or self-help support groups, is often a sign that long-term recovery isn’t going to be a reality.”
Continuing to search for a quick fix.
“Although medication can aid in recovery, it is not by itself a long-term solution. Going to rehab or therapy can be immensely healing, but not if you’re just going through the motions. In other words, scrap the quick-fix mindset or run the risk of experiencing only a hint of what addiction recovery can offer.”
Making excuses for unhealthy behavior.
“You may not self-medicate with drugs but you may numb your emotions with food, dive into romantic or sexual relationships too early in recovery, or compulsively shop or gamble to get a rush. Because these behaviors provide relief at a time when you’re in desperate need, denial will set in once again and you’ll seek out ways to justify them.”
Believing your recovery is doomed.
“It’s true, drugs were fun (for a while) and recovery is hard (for a while). But if you talk to people in long-term recovery you’ll hear endless testimonies of how recovery is possible even in the most dire and seemingly hopeless situations and how wonderful life can be without drugs or alcohol.”
Thinking you’re cured for life.
“Recovery often gets easier over time, and working a program takes on different meaning many years in. But as a chronic disease, you’ll need to remain in tune with your feelings and relapse triggers and continue making healthy choices even when you feel invulnerable.”