Recovery is a valuable time to develop new tools towards better living, growth, and transformation. Many people in recovery strive to implement proven methods to help promote their chances of success and decrease their chances of relapse; cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), meditation, yoga, experiential therapy, and more are just a few examples of methods and/or activities one may have incorporated in their treatment program. Relapse typically involves an instance of retreating back to old patterns of addictive behavior; while often viewed as a sign of failure, relapse can provide further insight into changes that need to be made in the treatment program or aspects of treatment that need to be reinforced. Nonetheless, there are factors that can impact one’s chances of relapse in recovery.
A 2018 study conducted by researchers from the Universiti Malaysia Peris involved the examination the level of influence that various psychosocial factors could have on one’s chances of relapse. The following is what they found:
Self-efficacy: In a recovery context, the degree to which an individual feels confident and capable of utilizing tools and resources gained in recovery. It was found from several studies that people who don’t feel strong enough and have a low self-esteem are more likely to relapse.
Friends support: Many people in recovery must face challenges when it comes to letting go of friend circles that involve drug use; peer pressure can certainly entice a person in recovery to relapse. Thus, creating new friendships with people who support recovery is crucial.
Family support: Families have been shown to have a major influence on those in recovery; lofty expectations and increasing pressure can increase one’s chances for relapse. Also, family histories involving addiction can make a person more susceptible to addiction.
Community support: Negative attitudes from society often include labeling of those with addiction as being of less value or as being an “outcast”. This sort of treatment can further drive a recovering individual to relapse.
Reputable treatment programs should strive to support clients in all of these aspects. Most often, people in recovery can learn to recognize their own inner strength through therapy. Group therapy allows people to develop new friendships that are conducive to their recovery, and family therapy gives people a chance to reconnect with their loved ones in a meaningful way. Lastly, treatment programs strive to provide individuals with the community support they need to succeed.
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