When someone recovers from addiction and becomes sober, the journey doesn’t end there. They need to keep being intentional about their activities and habits so that they won’t go back to their addiction. Someone can be sober and later relapse due to many reasons.
If your loved one just recovered from addiction, this is the best time to keep an eye on them so that they don’t relapse. If you suspect that they might be struggling to return to their addiction lifestyle, here are some signs to help you find out.
They skip counseling sessions
One of the easiest ways to know if your loved one is struggling with relapse is when they don’t attend counseling sessions. They might keep giving different reasons why they were unable to meet up, but if you check closely, you will discover that those reasons are mere excuses.
You can also find out from the counselor or therapist to know how frequent they’ve been with their aftercare counseling sessions.
They isolate themselves
While it is quite normal for individuals who recover from addiction to isolate themselves, it could also be a sign of relapse. It is important to note that addiction thrives in isolation.
Therefore, even if you want to give your loved one their desired privacy, you need to find out what they are up to. When you suspect that they may be back to their addiction, you need to get help for them.
They talk regularly about the “good old days”
You need to also listen to the words that your loved ones will say because there might be some hidden messages there. If they love talking about how their addiction lifestyle was one of the best days of their lives, then it could suggest that they might return to it.
They start meeting with old friends with questionable habits
Another way to know that a relapse is lurking in the shadows is when they start reconnecting with some of their friends who are addicted. When you discover this, you can advise them to connect with sober people who will encourage positive habits.