Relapse… Now What Do You Do?
Then tragedy strikes.
Dad finds little baggies under the seat in his daughter’s car as she’s nodded off on the couch.
“How did this happen?”
“How did they get sobered up, do well, then go back to their old ways?”
“Why did they think they could get away with using drugs again?”
“What do we do now?”
The following is what every family should do.
This is much more easily said than done. Of course, most families’ initial reaction is to panic. Addiction is a life or death situation and any set of parents more than cringe at the idea of organizing a funeral for their child. Panicking does nothing to solve the situation. Although panicking is a natural reaction to a relapse, all it does is create more undue stress than is needed, especially during an already stressful situation. What families need to understand is there are solutions to a relapse. Yes, it’s terrible, awful, upsetting, and scary but there are ways to properly deal with a relapse and sending everyone into a panic isn’t one of them. What the family has to do is try to remain calm and take the next necessary steps to effectively handle the situation.
Don’t let the addict out of your sight
Assess the addict’s willingness to get help
Get the addict back into rehab quickly
Once a relapse occurs, don’t panic, don’t let the addict out of your sight, assess their willingness to get help and get them into treatment quickly. Although a relapse sends a whole family unit spiraling out of control with seemingly no hope in sight, realize that there is a solution. As long as the relapse is handled effectively, the addict can find themselves on the road to recovery again and get everything they need to live successful, productive lives.