Health Risks of Relapse
If a participant in a drug addiction recovery treatment program relapses into substance abuse, they increase their risks for illness and disease. Heroin users, for instance, are at a significantly higher risk for contracting:
Opioid use is also associated with sweet cravings, often leading to:
- Weight gain
- Dental problems
Socioeconomic factors compound health risks because affordable health care is often unavailable for people with opioid dependence and/or addiction.
Social Risks of Relapse
Relapsing into substance abuse plunges you back into the world where the only thing that matters is the next fix. As a result, you may find yourself:
- Associating with toxic peers
- Participating in criminal activity
Trust you may have built up with your family and/or employers can be destroyed, and each time you relapse, those relationships become harder to repair.
Relapse is often an expected step in the recovery process. However, you can minimize the chances of relapse and manage damage caused by relapse by having the right resources in place. Duke City Recovery Toolbox in Albuquerque, New Mexico helps you get all the help you need by providing:
- Individual therapy to help you identify triggers and problematic thought and behavior patterns that keep you looping back to substance abuse
- Counseling to help you make healthier, life-affirming choices
- Peer support resources
- Bible study