For many, emotions are the trigger for harmful behavior. When emotionally relapsing, using substances may not even be a thought. In fact, it may just be a build-up of uncomfortable feelings, unproductive behaviors, and stresses. Healthy coping skills and actions may become harder to implement. Going to meetings or therapy may be difficult, and you feel isolated and disconnected. You may even think “if I’m not using alcohol or drugs, why does my emotional state even matter?” It matters because picking up a substance again can happen very quickly. Being able to spot and recognize your triggers is how you may prevent using again.
SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL RELAPSE
- Mood Swings
BEHAVIORAL SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL RELAPSE
- Breaking Routine
- Trouble Sleeping
- Refusing help
If you or those around start seeing these signs, it’s a good idea to engage in self-care addressing your emotional, physical, and mental needs. It’s helpful to attend meetings, continue or start therapy, continue compliance with medications, go to the gym, have coffee with a friend or reconnect with your treatment alumni network. Most important is to be open with your feelings, many people in recovery have gone through struggles, and it is possible to maintain sobriety.