There are a million and one reasons why people who struggle with an addiction relapse. They can be categorized into 11 reasons. Listen to a group of people in recovery from opiate addiction discuss their reasons for having relapsed in the past.
Here's a list of eleven common reasons for relapsing:
- Grief and Loss
- Environment (housing, finances, unemployment, drugs)
- Relationships with Drug Users
- Overwhelming Stress
- Abuse or Trauma
- Pain Relief (withdrawal symptoms, emotional or physical pain)
- Drinking (can lower inhibitions)
- Revenge (oppositional defiance)
- Not Being Fully Committed
What were your reasons for relapsing in the past?
What might cause you to relapse in the future?
Do you have a relapse prevention plan?
In what ways can you further develop your prevention plan?
Which of these eleven reasons might cause early relapse and premature drop-out from treatment?