Withdrawing from drugs involves a lifestyle change of epic proportions. In adjusting to drug-free life, many people relapse. This shouldn’t be viewed as a failure.
Remember – you’re retraining your system, thoughts, impulses and habits. It’s not an easy task; it will take time. There are trained youth workers who can support you through this.
Below are 10 commonly identified warning signs of relapse. Being aware of these warning signs could help you avoid possible relapse.
- Becoming disinterested in, or frustrated with, your recovery process; feeling emotionally flat
- Increased levels of stress, bringing about the desire to use substances to cope
- Re-entering denial; attempting to convince yourself you were never dependent in the first place
- Withdrawal symptoms/cravings resurface and tempt you to use again
- Drastically altering the post-withdrawal routine you’d initially found helpful and comforting
- Withdrawing from social interactions and preferring to be alone
- Abandoning structure; allowing your daily routine to fall apart
- Finding it difficult to judge situations and make decisions; feeling increasingly confused and irritable
- Losing control and all confidence in your ability to manage your life
- Cutting ties with support groups and treatments
Getting yourself post-withdrawal support can significantly reduce your chances of relapsing and is highly recommended. Most withdrawal services can connect you with outreach workers or you can call our 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685.