What is Relapse?
Relapse patterns are formed by your attitude and thought process. You begin to 'slip? at thought level.health and fitness Updated: Jun 06, 2003 21:19 IST
Relapse is not an event, but a process. An ‘event’ is something that has already happened and therefore cannot be changed. On the other hand, ‘process’ refers to any ongoing situation that takes place stage by stage, and therefore can be interrupted and stopped at any stage. You can interrupt and stop a relapse, only if you are aware of the negative thinking patterns, which indicate the onset of a ‘slip’.
Relapse occurs within your mind
‘Relapse patterns’ are formed by your attitude and thought process. You begin to ‘slip’ at the thought level. The following are some examples of “relapse indicators”. They are similar to “dry drunk’ problems.
Changes in attitude
Not caring about sobriety
Becoming too negative about life
Changes in thought
Thinking that you ‘deserve’ a drink because you have been sober for quite some time.
Thinking that you can use substitute drugs
Thinking that your problem is ‘cured’ since you have been abstaining for sometime.
Changes in feeling
Increases moodiness or depression
Strong feelings of anger and resentment
Increased feelings of boredom and loneliness
Changes in behaviour
Increased episodes of arguing with others
‘Forgetting’ to take Disulfiram
Skipping Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings
Stopping in a bar just to socialise and drink soda or other soft drinks
Increased stress symptoms such as smoking more cigarettes
Threatening to drink to have our way
Talking repeatedly about the pleasures associated with drinking.
First Published: Jun 06, 2003 21:19 IST