Many people recovering from an addiction or drug disorder have a high risk of relapse, even after a long period of sobriety or abstinence. Many addiction experts have called it a "brain disease," and it is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States. —
It is essential to understand that relapses are frequent and can occur once they start retaking a substance. Specific thoughts, feelings, and situations can trigger cravings and urges, which increase the risk of relapse if ignored or not addressed correctly.
This poses a considerable challenge for mental health professionals, particularly those dealing with drug abuse and addiction treatment, and for the public.
Resurgence Behavioral Health identified relapses in several stages: A mental relapse occurs when the desire becomes stronger, although the person may want to remain substance-free. Emotional relapses begin when a person starts retaking substances, but they can no longer handle these emotions as they used to.
The secret is kept secret, especially during the first months of drug use and even after the first appearance of a relapse.
Drinking and taking substances can easily lead a person down a dark path to a complete relapse. A person can retake drugs as early as two months after the first relapse, and there is no physical relapse at this stage of treatment. There are two main stages of relapse: physical and mental or mental and physical. Physical relapses are the phase in which they occur, and they are the most common type of drug relapse worldwide.
We will then overcome some of the significant challenges that pandemics such as COVID-19 pose to people on the road to recovery. Strategies to contain a pandemic start with social detachment immediately, but this leads to social isolation and many upturns. Isolation is a familiar place, where there is no way out, even in the midst of a major crisis such as a natural disaster.
Financial and emotional challenges caused by a pandemic can increase stress, while anxiety and depression can lead to substances as coping mechanisms. Some people at risk of alcohol use already have a history of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, exacerbated by social isolation.
A return to drug use can be fatal, as can people with a history of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. A pandemic is predicted to contribute to 75,000 deaths linked to alcohol and drug abuse in the US.
It is important to stress that no one has to suffer in silence or lose his life prematurely. If you question your sobriety or know someone struggling to stay sober during a pandemic, help is available. Online, accessible through Zoom, offers various support services at Resurgence Behavioral Health, including support groups, counseling, and mental health counseling. Telemedical services are also available from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Idle time often leads to boredom, which increases the risk of relapse. So it would help if you did productive activities daily. Remember to plan your day and find healthy, supportive people to contact regularly by phone or text message.
People's minds need to be stimulated with new interests for sustainable growth, and social detachment can make salty and sweet snacks more attractive. Do activities such as reading, writing, painting, or other creative activities, but in a healthy, non-addictive way, such as exercise, meditation, yoga, or classes.
Relaxation techniques help to cope with anxiety and depression, which are exacerbated by the pandemic's stress. Start with a movement regime such as hiking or cycling or practice relaxation techniques.
Negative thoughts and feelings can lead to negative behavior, creating a vision board for life during the pandemic and setting goals. Emotion journals help track emotions, such as a diary of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and thoughts about the situation.
Practice an attitude of gratitude, and imagine where you want to go, do not forget that, even if it is only for a moment.
It is essential that people on the rise relentlessly use online resources and other recovery strategies but do not allow the effects of the pandemic to become an excuse to abandon vigilance and resume substance use. Pandemics are just around the corner, and there is no turning back; we must move into the new normal. Focus on what you can and can't do - there's no going back - no twists and turns.
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