Recovery and Drug Addiction- 4 Reasons Why Young Adults Relapse

Recovering from drug addiction is no easy task; it can be difficult, uncomfortable and overwhelming at first. Staying sober isn’t always a “walk in the park” either. Sobriety requires more than a physical abstinence from alcohol or substances, it requires a change in lifestyle. Recovery from drug addiction is achievable, but requires consistent work and healthy living.

Here are 4 reasons why people relapse in recovery:

Hanging Around Old Environments – For those in early sobriety, being around familiar friends and places associated with past drug use can lead to disaster. Old friends can be triggers for those desperately seeking recovery. Familiar places and settings can also trigger an individual who has not yet developed emotionally. Although developing a new support group is not always easy, it is necessary for those who are sincerely trying to address their alcoholism and drug addiction.

Not “Working A Program”- This is a common term heard around 12 Step meetings. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are designed to help an individual achieve sobriety by utilizing them in their daily lives. When individuals stop working their 12 Step program, they begin to detach from their practice and the sober community. This can easily lead an individual back to full-fledged drug addiction. The 12 Steps are a proven method of recovery for those who consistently work them as outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Physical Sobriety but Not Emotional Sobriety- When an individual makes a decision to address their alcohol or drug dependency problem, usually they have an attitude of willingness and desperation for help. However, it’s not uncommon that as one begins to feel better physically, they also begin to disregard the work it took to get them to that point. Emotional sobriety refers to a deeper understanding of alcohol and drug addiction. By understanding that drugs and alcohol acted as more of a solution to the problem than the problem itself, one can begin to address the issues beneath the drug addiction which made using and drinking an attractive option. This is a process that takes time. Most young people begin to develop this emotional sobriety well after they gain their physical health back.

No Sober Community- At New Life House, we put an emphasis on young men and women participating in a sober community. They need a like-minded peer group to interact with. Most social activities for young adults involve drinking or a party atmosphere where drugs can also be present. Young adults in recovery need to have a sober support network of others they can relate to and identify with. These healthy relationships in sobriety help young people participate in events and activities with other sober friends. Sobriety needs to be fun and more attractive than what drug addiction represents. By having a sober support network, young people in recovery stay close to others who share a similar lifestyle.

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