Drug Abuse and Dependence - Recovery
A lapse or relapse doesn't mean you or your treatment has
failed. It may mean that you just slipped up. If this is true for you, accept
the mistake and move on. Try to find out why you relapsed and make changes in
your life so that it won't happen again. You also may need more treatment,
another type of treatment, or more time in support groups such as Narcotics
A relapse is most likely to occur in the first few
months after you stop using drugs. It's smart to
plan for a relapse before it happens. Your doctor, family, and friends can
help you do this.
A healthy lifestyle
When you use drugs, you often
get away from some of the basics of good health. Part of recovery is finding
your way back to a healthy lifestyle.
- Exercise and be active. This may give
you something to do instead of thinking about drugs, and it also can help
reduce stress. People who are fit usually have less anxiety, depression, and
stress than people who aren't active.4
- Relieve stress. Stress can trigger a
relapse. If you learn how to manage your stress, you can help prevent a
relapse. Stress-relief exercises can help.
- Get enough sleep to
help your mood and make you feel less stressed.
- Eat a balanced diet. This helps your body deal with tension and stress. Whole
grains, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and protein are part of a balanced
- Meditate. Meditation helps you feel calm and can give you a clearer awareness about your life.