What is the Likelihood I Will Relapse?

For those in recovery, thinking about it, or knows somebody in it- chances are that our usage and debauchery was starting to catch up to us and so some necessary steps were taken to keep the ball of life rolling. This process of sorts usually entails dropping all forms of drugs and alcohol from the table and enrolling ourselves into some sort of anonymous program. Then we start getting into action with working the 12 steps, getting a sponsor, and doing service work. It’s once we start putting in all this action that life begins to turn itself around. We start getting out of bed every day with a smile that is powered by hope instead of desperation. Life starts to become stupendous again and we question why we ever got high and/or drunk in the first place. Some of us float on the pink cloud of new found freedom for as long as we can, but the thunder looms in the background. One of the key things to remember in these circumstances is to remain humble and teachable. Addiction and alcoholism never fully disintegrate from that space in between our ears. There isn’t a cure that has ever existed and science has failed to do so yet. So the point being is that even after detoxification and all the meetings for a lifetime, our sobriety or clean time is never guaranteed. Relapse happens every day- from the guy who can’t put together 24 hours, or even to the man with 13 years clean as he puts his lips to the bottle. No amount of time can make us immune to the disease of alcoholism for us- the truly chemically dependent. The secrets lie within the steps and the fellowship.

Wait- Really?

Alcohol and drug setbacks are extremely common among substance abusers with some bit of clean time, but this also makes the act of using much more dangerous. When we get clean, our body regulates itself back to a normal state and our tolerances go back to zilch. Often times, addicts and alcoholics will go back to their drug or drink of choice and put their health at serious risk from the copious amount of chemicals they start ingesting immediately. The danger zone does increase, but this is also something that just happens. I say this so as not to provide a tool for justification, but more so as a tool to help the self-esteem of somebody who is really struggling out there. Yes, there are those who get clean and never relapse again and we can all applaud for those white chip wonders because that is a feat that doesn’t happen as often as one would hope. Then there are the rest of us riding this disease out. The addicts and alcoholics like myself who have had to burn our hands time after time after time until there were blisters upon blisters upon blisters. We didn’t get clean after that first attempt. Oh no, we had to bounce in and out of the rooms of Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous for multiple years. Those of us who didn’t want to put in the effort and only half-ass it. Pick and choose our own specific recovery plan and tell the rest we know how to run our lives best. Well, it’s our best thinking that gets us to this point, so maybe listening to the advice of others couldn’t hurt right?

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The statistics and facts throughout the years seem to show the same results and addiction and alcoholism are becoming more and more of a concern in the medical field. They are beginning to be looked at and treated as more serious mental disorders due to the severity of casualties passing away in recent years to the grips of addiction. A study from the National Institute of Drug Abuse on alcohol abuse and alcoholism stated that approximately 90% of alcoholics will experience one or more substance reversions during a 4 year period after treatment. If that is the case, the odds are evidently against those of us in recovery. Unfortunately, there are even more odds to stack up against us when it comes to this battle of dropping the booze and various narcotics. Studies over the course of an 8 year period of 1,200 addicts/alcoholics done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information have shown many interesting facts. The first one being of that allotted amount of people, only one-third were able to stay sober with less than a year clean. You see, early sobriety is the most difficult generally speaking. It takes a while to find that groove. The study also goes on to show that for those who generate a year clean, less than half of them will relapse. Then it goes on to also show that if an addict or alcoholic can make it to ripe age of 5 years in sobriety, their chances of throwing that away are only 15%.

It’s pretty clear to most that the more time you put together, the stronger you will get at battling off your addiction and/or alcoholism. What a lot of individuals fail to realize is that relapse isn’t just the act of picking up a drink or a drug, but it is also the mindset the gets us there and also follows along with the usage. Relapse starts in the mind and is a conscious or subconscious thought process that has to be entertained. Beware of these thoughts and it will help you stay on track. It’s vital to remember that in the end, we cannot change the statistics. At the same time, we as individuals control our own destiny. So it’s up to us to decide in our hearts which side of the statistic we want to be on when chemical judgment time comes.

To be Clean or Not to be Clean?

In all actuality, there isn’t any risk of relapse if one cannot get away from the substances to begin with. Drugs and alcohol suck us addicts and alcoholics into a whirlwind of chaos that we haven’t the tools to escape. It gets pretty miserable and the consequences continually build up like a failing game of Tetris and eventually enough is enough. If you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency and are ready for help, please call 1-877-978-3125 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We are ready to give you any suggestions possible and set you or your loved one on a path that we can all be proud of.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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