ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Relapse Prevention

Updated on September 16, 2017

Most people when they think of the word relapse they think of only drug relapses. A relapse occurs when a person is affected by a condition that affected their life in the past such as sex, drugs, gambling, nicotine, food, etc. This can also be a medical condition or a psychological condition. Many times a person suffering from a addiction is also suffering from a mental condition.

In my opinion, all addicts are suffering from some kind of mental condition. Most appear to be trying to escape a pain that is too intolerable to cope with sober, and by the time they realize how much of their addiction they are consuming they can't quit.

Certain psychological disorders tend to have a higher rate of relapse than others, such as depression and anxiety.

Addictive disorders, such as alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, overeating, and pathological gambling, are well known for high levels of relapse.

Men have a higher rate of relapse, likely because women more often participate in group and individual counseling.

Percentage likely to relapse (according to recent statistics)

  • 33% for people who gamble pathologically
  • 90% for people who quit smoking
  • 50% for people who abuse alcohol
  • Within one year of treatment, people struggling with obesity typically regain 30% to 50% of the weight they lost.
  • 40 - 60% for people suffering from substance abuse
  • 50 - 90% for people suffering from an addiction and a mention condition



“A relapse (etymologically, "who falls again") occurs when a person is affected again by a condition that affected them in the past. This could be a medical or psychological condition such as depression, an eating disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, cancer, or an addiction to a drug.” - From Wikipedia

“Relapse prevention is a cognitive-behavioral approach with the goal of identifying and preventing high-risk situations such as substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive behavior, sexual offending, obesity, and depression.” - From Wikipedia

A relapse may start weeks sometimes months before a person may begin using. The first two stages of a relapse have everything to do with your emotional and mental well-being.

Emotional - you're not thinking about using, but emotions and behaviors are setting you up for a possible relapse. This is when your irrational thinking begins trying to dominant your rational thinking.

Warning Sings

  • increased anxiety
  • intolerance
  • anger
  • defensiveness
  • mood swings
  • isolation
  • poor eating and sleeping habits
  • poor hygiene

Mental - you are beginning to want to use. By the later phase you are definitely wanting to use.

Warning Signs

  • Lying
  • Thinking about people you've used with
  • Justifying how to use again without considering it a relapse
  • Hanging out with old friends that still use

A relapse trigger is any person, place, thing, or situation which reminds a person of their addiction use.

The 10 most common relapse triggers:

  1. Being in the presence of your addiction, addiction users, or places where your addiction was a problem.
  2. Negative feelings such as anger, sadness, loneliness, guilt, fear, and anxiety.
  3. Positive feelings that make you want to celebrate.
  4. Boredom.
  5. Getting high on any drug.
  6. Physical pain.
  7. Listening to war stories and just dwelling on getting high.
  8. Suddenly having a lot of cash.
  9. Using prescription drugs that can get you high even if you properly use them.
  10. Believing that you are in control and can use occasionally.

Relapse Prevention Coping Skills

  • Avoid high risk situations including Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, Tiredness (HALT)
  • Learn to Relax
  • Be honest to yourself and others
  • Use a Relapse Prevention Workbook

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Nestor C. Sirilan Jr. 

      7 years ago

      Thanks fluffy you're the best :D, it helped me finish my SIP[Science Investigatory Project].

      A Well written hub

    • Fluffymetal profile imageAUTHOR

      Fluffymetal 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you

    • liljen23 profile image

      Jennifer Crowder 

      8 years ago from Shreveport,LA

      This is a great and well thought out hub on relapse. Thanks for the read..

    • profile image

      pinkylee 

      8 years ago

      Awesome and very well written hub ... thanks for the mention on my hub

    • LeanMan profile image

      Tony 

      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Very good hub.... It tells me to stay away from women lest I relapse and end up divorced again.. and again..

    • mythbuster profile image

      mythbuster 

      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Nice, easy to understand information here, Fluffymetal. How are you doing?

    • Fluffymetal profile imageAUTHOR

      Fluffymetal 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you

    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great info with very good pictures to deliver your message on relapse prevention from whatever addiction one might have. Congrats on being nominated to the HubNuggets Wannabe Contest for this week.

    • ripplemaker profile image

      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Fluffymetal! This is ripplemaker dropping by to announce your Hubnugget nomination. You must check your email too! This way to the Hubnuggets. Be sure to vote and promote your hub! https://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/2010-A-HubNu...

    • Fluffymetal profile imageAUTHOR

      Fluffymetal 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for your comments.

    • Betty Reid profile image

      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub. I was wondering if you would mention boredom, and you did. I don't have any addictions, but boredom and negative feelings definitely bring out my bad habits (except feeling anxiety, which triggers me to exercise more).

    • Williamjordan profile image

      Williamjordan 

      8 years ago from Houston TX

      great hub thinks for your insight

    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Brilliant hub as I am trying to quit smoking! I hope I can kick it this time, knowing the triggers and warning signs will help. Thanks!

    • parrster profile image

      Richard Parr 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Brilliant hub. Thanks, I especially appreciated the 10 triggers list.

    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      This was really good, fluffy! I appreciate you pointing out that relapse can be related to anything. Sickness, or whatever calamity. And I love your closing picture! Perfect!!!!!!!!

    • PaulaK profile image

      Paula Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Austin. Texas

      A well written hub. You hit the triggers well and explained it well. Way to go.

    • Fluffymetal profile imageAUTHOR

      Fluffymetal 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you!

    • lorlie6 profile image

      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Fluffymetal-what an awesome hub! I only wish I'd been aware of my anger brewing last summer after I'd quit smoking for 3 months. Ironically, I was sitting in an AA meeting, feeling pissed off at some of the members, and went home only to light up again. I didn't drink, though! :)

      Alas, I've got to quit again in order to have surgery, so I'll not be going to AA anymore. Too many cliques, if you know what I mean.

      Thanks for giving such a great outline!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)