Relapsing on Three Different Stages

Woman Smoking a cigarette

Relapse can happen at any given time. Whether you’re an alcoholic or a smoker, you won’t be able to know that you’ve picked up the habit again, until it’s too late. There are things you can do to prevent it from happening again, and that is to take action before it’s too late.

Physical Relapse

There is only one sign here: smoking and feeling satisfied with the throat hit. Only the smoker will understand what they’re done and how much they enjoyed the relapse. Still, when you’ve realized that you picked up a pack of cigarette, that is one sure sign to keep yourself alert.

Emotional Relapse

This is the tricky part about relapse. The little voice inside starts to creep in, and cravings begin to lurk. There are some symptoms and signs to this:

  • Poor health care to oneself like not eating or sleeping enough.
  • Missing therapy sessions or recovery groups.
  • Isolating oneself from others instead of reaching out for help.
  • Uncontrollable mood swings.
  • Quick to anger upon others
  • Blaming someone else for misfortune.
  • Intolerance towards things, places, and people.

Mental Relapse

This phase of your relapse is a lot more noticeable than the emotional one. You could start to deny that it’s not good for you, and you’ll start to see that your behavior has changed. The following are some signs of mental relapse:

Giving up on the recovery

Missing recovery programs and meetings

Planning on a relapse or justifying the act.

Stealing, cheating, and lying.

Thinking about the past as the good ole days.

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