One of the biggest fears amongst those who are attempting to recover from an alcohol addiction is the risk of hurting those around them. They do not want a relapse to cause people to pity them or feel as if they have failed them in some way. This applies to both family members and the people who they are trying to recover alongside.
In this article, we are going to discuss the issue of alcohol rehab and alcohol relapses. Let us take a closer look at it.
The General Perception
The general perception amongst people is that they are going to potentially affect their recovery partners if they fail. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Firstly, it is thought that the fear of letting everyone else down will serve as some sort of motivator. The problem is if it does go wrong and the person relapses it could make them feel that much worse about it.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not always the case that people will collapse alongside whoever has relapsed. Drug rehab breeds a culture of support. When someone fails, the chances are everyone else will close ranks and attempt to help the person. They will actually take their attention away from their cravings in order to help them. In other words, a slip here and there does not have to mean causing a significant amount of damage to others. It can actually make everyone else stronger.
Should You Tell Someone You Have Had a Relapse?
It is not uncommon to see people deciding to suffer in silence when they relapse. They do not want to go through what they see as the humiliation of telling their support group what has happened. The belief goes that they are doing a good thing by doing this. In reality, they are only reducing their chances of success in the future. By bottling up these feelings, it allows the negativity to grow. When people allow negative thoughts to fester, the chances of a further relapse increases.
Always seek professional help when experiencing a relapse. Yes, it will mean that other people will know about what’s happened, but that is not a bad thing. It is a good thing. Someone who can be honest with themselves and those around them is a strong individual. They can cope with the realities of their situation. Not being able to cope with what is going on is an example of what got the person stuck in an addiction rut in the first place.
You Are Not Responsible
Nobody should ever feel as if they are responsible for someone else’s recovery. This does not mean nobody should care about anyone else. It means if someone relapses,that is his or her problem. They did it to themselves. They have to take responsibility for their actions. Unless someone else tipped a bottle of beer down their throats, this was a decision they made.
One of the biggest mistakes any alcoholic can make outside of rehab clinics is to make themselves believe that their actions will affect upon another person’s recovery journey.