This article is intended to be used by the general public for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a reference for educational research papers, nor is it a reflection of the services available through our Rehab Program in Thailand.
This is the final part of a 4-part piece that is aimed at helping those who have completed inpatient rehab and are working to maintain sobriety as their life progresses.
It is important to understand that some days will be far tougher than others. For this reason, we will concentrate on the actions to take when you are having a particularly bad time of it.
If things are getting on top of you and the temptation to slip back into your old ways persists you need to take time-out. Step back and consider exactly why you entered rehab in the first place.
Remember all the negative things that came your way while heavily under the influence of your substance of choice, how it affected your thinking, actions and health.
Take a deep breath and remind yourself that going back to that way of life really is a dead-end with nothing but angst and despair on the horizon.
Hopefully you will have a sponsor, close friend or councillor that you can talk to. Do not keep things bottled up. Either get on the phone to them or arrange a meeting. During discussions, it is important that you open your heart and let the person know exactly how you are feeling and why.
This will do you the power of good in terms of getting things off your chest. It will also give the other person a chance to offer support, encouragement and ideas of how you can get yourself out of this temporary depression, and rest assured, it is only temporary.
Overcoming these rough periods will make you far stronger and far more determined to carry on with the progress already made.
It is all too common for those who have suffered addiction and are in recovery to suffer a relapse. While this is unfortunate, it does not mean failure. This is a very important point to understand.
What needs to be done if you have suffered a relapse is to be honest about your slip. It must be discussed with your councilor, therapist or sponsor.
By doing this you are admitting that mistakes have been made, but you are determined to put them right. A discussion with someone close, and who is looking out for your welfare should be extremely effective. They will be able to analyse the situation and understand better why the relapse occurred.
The result of this often means that your sobriety plan needs altering to ensure that the reasons for this relapse are not repeated.
Remember, a sobriety plan is never set in stone. It is there for changing and should be changed whenever any aspect of it is not producing the expected results.
One slip cannot be allowed to end progress made:
Convince yourself that the slip made was a temporary one and determine not to let it happen again. This will re-enforce your inner-strength to stay away from substances.
As long as lessons are learned and positive actions are put in place this should help reduce the chances of future relapse. It will also spur you on to continue along that path of sobriety which will produce a far more satisfying lifestyle.