As part of his comprehensive list of services, Robert Sterling offers relapse prevention therapy at his Sober Solutions of Norwalk clinic. As a board certified addiction medicine specialist he offers a long list of services including addiction, mood disorder, and Suboxone treatment to the Norwalk, Connecticut and surrounding community including Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, and Greenwich.
What Happens If I Relapse?
Relapse happens. It is not the end of the world. It is also not something to take lightly. Our goal should never be to set out to relapse. Our goal should always be to go forward. However, there are many instances and reasons why someone relapses. What is important is that you pick up the pieces again and continue your recovery. What happens if you relapse? You start the recovery process again. Hopefully, the relapse is small and does not require inpatient detox. Even so, it is important to get help and get clean.
How Can I Help Myself Stay Clean?
This is a million dollar question. The word "I" is critical. Everyone is an individual and your road to recovery is going to be different from everyone else's. Honesty goes a long way, especially when you are honest with yourself. Recovery is not about wearing labels. It is not about punishing you for your past. It is about opening the door to your future as wide as possible. Recovery is as much about self-evaluation as it is anything else. Learning about who we are as a person is a powerful tool. Being able to recognize negative behaviors or situations that might lead to relapse is also a powerful tool. Uncovering the reasons that you began using in the first place is important. Finding help for mental issues, such as anxiety, depression, and other issues are key. Putting in the work to move forward is something you can do to help with recovery. Learning to listen to yourself and spot the deceptions is a good tool. As you go through recovery, even if you relapse, you have the opportunity to learn tools that help you succeed.
What If I Have Other Addiction Factors Such as Mood Disorders?
Many people do. Dual diagnosis is common. You need to have a plan of treatment that addresses both your addiction and your dual diagnosis. One affects the other and sometimes they are almost the same beast. Help is available.