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Preventing Relapses

What about now?

Checklist of Symptoms that Lead To Relapse


Any of the following symptoms in excess can lead to the type of thinking that can get you off balance. Once off balance it may lead to unhealthy choices like abusing alcohol or abusing drugs or self-destructive behavior. Read the following list and notice whether you or a loved one are struggling with any of these symptoms.

1) Exhaustion: Allowing yourself to become overly tired or in poor health. When you feel poorly your judgement may deteriorate.

2) Dishonesty: Begins with little deceits and becomes big lies to yourself.

3) Impatience: Things aren't happening fast enough, or others aren't doing what you want them to do, or think they should do.

4) Argumentativeness: Arguing ridiculous, small points of view indicates a need to be always right. Looking for an excuse to drink?

5) Depression: Unreasonable despair may occur in cycles and should be dealt with and expected.

6) Frustration: Remember...everything is not going to be just the way you want it.

7) Self-Pity: "Why do these things happen to me?" "Why must I be an alcoholic?" "Nobody appreciates what I"m doing." Etc.

8) Cockiness: "Got it made..." Remember Murphy's Law.

9) Complacency: "Drinking was the furthest thing from my mind." Always having a little fear is a good thing. More relapses occur when things are going well than otherwise.

10) Use Of Drugs: You may want to use a pill to ease things and the doctor may agree. This is the subtlest way to have a relapse.

11) Wanting Too Much: Avoid goals you can't reach with normal effort. "Happiness is not having how much you want, but wanting what you have."

12) Forgetting Gratitude: Remember where you started from and how much better life is now. Be grateful.

13) "It Can't Happen To Me": Wanna bet? Almost anything can happen to you and is more likely if you get careless. Remember you have a progressive disease and you will be in worse shape if you relapse.

14) Omnipotence: This is feeling that results from a combination of many of the above symptoms. You feel like you have all the answers for yourself and others. No one can tell you anything. You ignore advice or suggestions from others. Relapse is probably imminent unless a drastic change in attitude occurs. Go from relapse to recovery through the process of a family intervention.

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