Relapse Danger Signs

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What are some of the warning signs of a relapse?

Relapse Danger Signs

The behaviors that precede an addict's relapse follow a fairly standard pattern. Addicts and those close to them can learn to recognize and challenge this pattern. It includes:

-- Isolating oneself from others

-- Refusing to talk about one's own thoughts and feelings

-- Doubting one's ability to stay abstinent

-- Rejecting counseling, support groups, and other offers of help in the belief that one is "recovered"

-- Disturbed eating and sleeping patterns

-- Becoming overwhelmed by ordinary problems

-- Avoiding people who will give honest feedback

-- Denial of the seriousness of the addiction

-- Not complying with medication regimens

-- Outbursts of anger



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