Chronic Relapse

Chronic Relapse

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Some estimate that the rate of substance abuse relapse is as high as 40-60%.

(National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Relapse happens and can include a variety of conditions such as relapse of:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Substance Use Disorder

And many others.

For our purposes when discussing relapse, we are referring to a relapse related to substance use disorder, sex, and food disordered behavior.  We consider relapse with these issues to be when a person stops maintaining their goal of reducing or avoiding disordered behaviors and returns to previous levels of use/action.

Chronic Relapse
Chronic Relapse

Dangers of Relapse

Relapse can be extremely dangerous.  With substance abuse relapse, there is a high number of overdose deaths that occur after sobriety time.  

Substance abuse relapse after sobriety time is linked to overdose deaths in high numbers due to users returning to previous levels of use immediately and the body being unable to process the drugs as it once could.

Levels of overdose from relapse are certainly concerning, but other dangers and life-changing events can occur as well, such as:

  • Job Loss
  • Family Dysfunction
  • Impulse Control Issues (i.e. driving under the influence, poor behavior choices, etc.)
  • Legal Issues (i.e. DUI & loss of license, jail time, felony convictions)
  • Health Issues (i.e. seizures, blood pressure issues, Cirrhosis)
  • Mental Health Issues & Co-Occurring Disorders

And much more.

Chronic Relapse

Chronic Relapse

In a relapse study shared by the Recovery Research Institute:

The range of relapse attempts reported was 0-100, with 5 being the average.

In addition to this, it found:

Greater number of recovery attempts was related to higher levels of psychological distress.

The term chronic indicates that the disordered behavior is persistent for long periods of time and/or constantly recurring. Chronic relapse is often linked to unresolved trauma.

Clients who attend our program and report chronic relapse as an issue find that by healing and resolving their underlying trauma, their rate of relapse significantly decreases or diminishes all together.  

Primary Treatment vs. Trauma Care

Understanding when primary treatment is necessary or when trauma care is a better option can be difficult.  While there is no “one size fits all” answer, there are some guidelines to follow.

Simply, if you are struggling to maintain sobriety from any primary disordered behavior, we ask that you attend a primary treatment program before coming to The Bridge to Recovery.

Why is this?

Digging into unresolved trauma can be very difficult and emotional work.  Clients attending our program do best when they are clear-minded, healing and recovery centered.  When actively engaged in primary disordered behavior, it can be difficult to do this deep trauma work.  

Experiencing some sobriety time, having time to stabilize the behavior, and gaining an understanding for recovery is beneficial before attending The Bridge to Recovery.

If you need more clarification on whether primary treatment may be helpful before attending The Bridge, or you would like referrals to trauma-informed primary care programs, call us today.  We are happy to help.

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