Relapse Prevention Program

What to Do When You Fear Relapse

In times of uncertainty and increased stress, anxiety can become overwhelming. Especially during a threatening event, in which you have no control. For example, the current COVID-19 pandemic has almost everyone feeling stressed and unsure. These overwhelming distressing thoughts and feelings can lead anyone down a path to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Moreover, for those who have suffered from substance abuse, including opioid addiction, this crisis can be a significant trigger. Cravings to use can return, and then feeling of guilt and shame begin. In many cases, individuals will suffer in silence. Without adequate support, anxiety, negative thoughts, and unsettling feelings can result in drug relapse.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in an undefined period of self-quarantine and social distancing. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can become pervasive. Moreover, loneliness is a profound type of grief and contributes to many health problems. For example, depression and anxiety which can lead to unwanted substance use. Prolonged isolation can lead to a state of perceived helplessness, triggering a fight or flight response. The fight or flight response is a biologically programmed automatic response where the part of our brain that regulates thinking and perception shuts down – and the amygdala – our fight or flight brain, becomes the active process. Moreover, this state can vary from subtle anxiety to panic and is very often the cause of an unwanted craving or relapse.

Fear Can Keep You From Seeking Help

As regular human contact and routines are interrupted; this is a time when increased support and understanding may be critical. As our focus and concerns remain on how to prevent being infected with the coronavirus, those who struggle with unwanted substance use can go unnoticed. Individuals may feel scared to tell their family and friends who supported them through their recovery that they might be struggling with it. Thus, the fear of others perceiving us as weak leads to additional stress and secrecy. There should be no shame in asking for help. However, many people do feel ashamed and are very reluctant to begin a necessary conversation.

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Hurting and Feeling Scared Is Part of Being Human

If you are feeling unstable and insecure through this turbulent time, we invite you to seek support. We are here to help you create new possibilities and provide you new tools to live peacefully in the present while creating hope for the future. We are all in the same boat. Familiar feelings of chaos, the not knowing what to expect from one day to another, can awaken feelings that have been suppressed or denied.

Hurting and feeling scared is part of being human, and it does not mean you are weak or failed your recovery, quite the opposite. Recognizing your limits while fighting for your health is a sign of strength and determination. Follow your gut and reach out today. Get the necessary information to make the choice you need.

Now, if you have a loved one that has struggled with substance abuse in the past, it is critical to check-in and find out how they are doing. It is often an awkward conversation to begin because we often want to assume everything is alright. The more willing a friend or family member is to approach and inquire around the issue of relapse, the better the chance of catching a problem before it escalates. It helps to emphasize that your interest is in the person’s health, not in the chemicals. By clearly stating that what we care about is the health of the person – we can help create an environment of trust which emphasizes and allows for vulnerability and honesty. Ultimately, it is always the health of the human being, not the chemical that matters. Suffering alone does not help the individual or their loved ones.

Domus Retreat Relapse Prevention Program

Domus Retreat offers a unique relapse prevention program. Guests can stay for a few days or a few weeks, depending on their situation and needs. Thus, You don’t need to commit to a 30-day rehab where you will be required to disconnect from the outside world. At Domus, you have individualized options where you can choose whether you want to communicate with your loved ones. Furthermore, at the retreat, we provide a safe and comfortable environment where you can work at your own pace on your emotional recovery. Therefore, the focus is on your emotional health while protecting your recovery with privacy and while providing comfort.

First, you will receive your own private suite and there are never more than six guests staying with us at once. Actually, during this time, we are keeping a maximum of 4 guests at one time so that proper social distance can be easily followed. At Domus, you will also receive individual psychotherapy to help you further understand your feelings and create healthy tools for managing anxiety and distress. Additional services to aid in your physical and mental well-being may include counseling, yoga, tai chi, and drama therapy.

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