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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