What Family and Loved Ones Should Know About Relapse
What Is Relapse?
What Are the Three Stages of Relapse?
What Is Emotional Relapse?
What Is Mental Relapse?
What Is Physical Relapse?
What Are the Signs Someone Is Experiencing Relapse?
What Should You Do When Someone Is Experiencing Relapse?
Things Caregivers Tell Themselves to Avoid Getting Involved
- “They don’t need help.”
- “They can stop whenever they want.”
- “If I say something it won’t make a difference.”
- “They’ll hate me and it’ll just make things worse.”
- “It’ll make people think less of them.”
- “Treatment is too expensive.”
- “I don’t know what to say.”
- “I’m not ready to say anything.”
- “I’ll say something later.”
How Can Caregivers Talk to Loved Ones Experiencing Relapse?
How Can Caregivers Help Minimize the Likelihood of Relapse?
Signs a Loved One’s Relapse Is Affecting You
- If the person experiencing relapse engages in impulsive or violent behavior that puts caregivers or family at risk.
- If the relationship between the caregiver and person experiencing relapse becomes codependent, meaning that one or both of the parties enables problematic behaviors.
- If the caregiver starts giving up on things that were once important, experiencing self-doubt and starting to feel symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- If work performance and relationships suffer, or caregivers find themselves withdrawing socially.
- If the caregiver begins to express frustration, anger and resentment toward the person experiencing relapse.
- If the caregiver experiences a trauma response due to a previous history with loved ones who have substance use disorder.
- If the caregiver experiences secondary traumatic stress, which is stress caused by witnessing or learning about the traumatic experiences of others.