Methadone Relapse

Many addicts attempt to quit taking methadone on their own, only to relapse during detox. Sometimes this process repeats itself many times over, demoralizing and discouraging addicts from trying to quit again. And yet other addicts who successfully endure detox, when harried with times of stress or extreme emotional need, succumb, yet again, to relapse. This downward spiral can be broken if addicts understand what is required to fully treat their addictions and get the help they need.

Why Relapse Happens

Relapse occurs for a few, and typically only a few, reasons. First, to end withdrawal. Some patients attempt to detox on their own, experience the full-force of agonizing withdrawal, and relapse to end their suffering. While addiction may cause distress, withdrawal seems like torture, so people relapse to return to a more manageable situation.

Second reason why people relapse: to avoid uncomfortable situations. Some addicts get hooked in order to detach themselves from problems at home or work. Other addicts experience such depths of depression that the euphoria offered by drugs is the only good spice their life gets. Major trauma can also induce drug use; for instance, the death of a loved one or learning that a close friend has a terminal illness. In any of these situations, people must deal with the inherent emotions and conflict, or else they are much more likely to relapse.

The third reason relapse occurs is, occasionally, boredom. Some people quit drugs, but they do not know what to do with their spare time. Being high feels better than sitting around doing nothing, some addicts think, so they relapse to have some fun. In this situation, many addicts also experience depression or a lack of interaction within a community, but addicts justify relapse by saying they were bored.

How to Prevent Methadone Relapse

Relapse, in all these situations, can be avoided through proper help. With all of these excuses for relapse, there are indeed cures that help people stay off drugs for good. In the first situation, medically supervised detox helps tremendously. By admitting yourself into a medical facility to ride out your withdrawal, you will sever your access to drugs while having a fully-trained medical staff available 24 hours a day. They can prescribe medications to lessen your withdrawal symptoms, which they capitalize on by holding counseling and therapy classes to help reintegrate you into sober life. If this option is unattainable, your doctor or pharmacist can help you if you consult them before you begin detox. Having a dedicated group of friends and/or family further boosts your chances of a successful detox.

Treatment does not end with detox, however. To ensure that addiction is managed in all its forms, patients must treat both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Detox covers the physical aspect, but many overlook the psychological aspect of addiction; i.e., what factors contributed to the addiction. Handling the emotions and conflict from these factors enables addicts to recognize and avoid situations in the future that could potentially lead to relapse.

Lastly, involvement in groups helps prevent relapse as well. Addicts who find recovery support groups or who involve themselves in community service organizations find themselves bored less often, giving them some positive cause to believe in completely separate from drugs. Involvement like this is crucial.

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