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I'm going to add the content from your link to this post:
When and Why does Relapse Happen?
Chemical addiction is a disease, and, like many diseases, there is always the possibility of relapse. The solutions to the problem of chemical addiction are multi-faceted. Treatment strategies benefit from a relapse prevention component in virtually every case.
In substance dependency, relapse is the act of taking that first drug after being deliberately clean and sober for a time. But relapse is a process that begins well in advance before this actual act. People who have relapsed can usually point back to certain things that they thought and did long before they actually used drugs again. They may have become complacent in their program of recovery in some way or refused to ask for help when they needed it. Each persons relapse factors are unique to them, their diagnosis, and personal plan of recovery.
Relapse is usually caused by combinations of factors. Adolescents are at particularly high risk for relapse because of their developmental stage. Often adolescent issues include physical and emotional issues which can reinforce relapse tendencies. Substance dependence may delay normal development of a teen, therefore making it difficult to function appropriately. These difficulties produce discomfort in social life of adolescent. Return to drug use may be a way to avoid these uncomfortable feelings.
There is a number of predisposing factors that may result in relapse. They include the following elements:
high stress personality;
lack of support;
inadequate coping skills;
dual or multiple diagnosis;
lack of impulse control.
There are also factors that can interfere with the teen's recovery process. These factors may include:
divorce or separation of parents;
moving away from old friends;
loss or death of family members or important others;
break-up of relationships with boyfriend or girlfriend;
feeling bored for long time;
feeling of physical pain;
suddenly having a lot of cash;
using prescription drugs that can make a teen high even when used properly.
If you observe your child you will be able to notice the signs of relapse. Being on the alert and talking to your doctor in due time may keep your child from using drugs again. The following signs and symptoms of possibility of relapse will help you:
high sensitivity to stress;
he/she stops telling about their feelings and mostly you hear that "everything is fine", but you can see that it is not;
he/she becomes very angry about sincere feedback on their behavior and recovery process;
ordinary everyday problems become too difficult to solve;
compulsive and/or impulsive behavior.
If your teen demonstrates at least some mentioned symptoms, you'd better consult his/her doctor. Sometimes just well-timed conversation will help your child to avoid relapse and remain abstinent
GFG: "Duckie" beautiful 12 yr old. Infant reflux until 14 mos, demanding & difficult. 7th grader Sept 2013. MIDDLE SCHOOLER! Mathematician, Dancer, Actress, Violist, Singer. Allergic personality. SPD. Carries an epipen. Asthma.
"Neighbors bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives."
Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird
I just printed this for PCdaughter. She does not understand addcition. I think she needs to read this one.
Me--English teacher, hypothyroidism, arthritis
PCson--30, college grad, getting divorced, father of 2
GFG---24 BP(?), GAD, recovered addict, working full time!
PCdaughter--22,works full time, my greatest joy!
Grandson--4. A joy!Granddaughter--1
SO---my heart and soul
Thanks, Janet. Great link. I will be sure to put it in our Teen Archives.
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Married 34 years to my hs sweetheart.
3 children who are officially all adults now !
PC - son 31; married to a wonderful young lady and they just moved back to Michigan after living in California for 4 years.
GFG - son 29; ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, anxiety and newest dx bipolar; sober for over three years now. Father of my grandson. I'm very proud of how he's turned his life around.
PC - daughter 26; married to a great guy and they just became parents to my granddaughter.
Me= Teacher Assistant
GFG=(F)26 DYSLEXIC, ADHD,BP, time on streets,Addict, Storyteller, Exotic Dancer.
PC:GFG's son...I have sole custody for now.
Dog: Ebbie the wonder dog
We Plan, God Laughs.....Author Unknown
Thanks janet. I see that my GFg is at a very high risk having many of the personality and MH factors. -RM
Thanks, good link.
Me & DW - 50s, married 20+ years
GFG - daughter, 31 - Axis II / substance abuse. Presently adrift.
PC1 - granddaughter
PC son 1 and DiL - new parents
PC son 2 new job, back at home temporarily
Plus a dog and a cat