Four Common Mistakes That Can Lead To Relapse


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The substance abuse treatment program is only the beginning of addiction recovery and does not ensure permanent sobriety. Staying sober for the long-term demands consistent efforts and commitment towards your recovery plan. 

You will have to attend meetings regularly, volunteer for help, attend support groups, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. However, you should avoid some mistakes which can sabotage your recovery.

Below, we have stated some mistakes you should watch out for if you wish to avoid relapse!

Leaving a drug rehab center too soon- 

One of the most common reasons people relapse is if they end their stay in a drug rehab too soon. You should try to stay in treatment for the long haul and make the most of it to avoid falling back into old destructive patterns. 

Often the treatment programs last for 30 to 90 days, after which you are no longer required to visit the drug rehabilitation center. However, it may not be enough for you to get rid of your old habits and establish healthy ones. Remember, treatment is about learning new things and fundamentally changing your lifestyle, which might take time.

Becoming complacent- 

Complacency is another challenging pitfall in ongoing recovery, which is very difficult to avoid. At first, you may find treatment challenging yet exciting and start feeling better than ever in a short time. You may believe that you have your addiction from substance abuse under control.

But, it can be perilous if you start thinking your addiction is cured and get callous, as you may stop following the necessary tips that helped you feel better in the first place. It’s important to continue on your recovery process and follow required activities like exercising and going to meetings even after you feel that the worst is over. Otherwise, the unhealthy habits might eventually creep back in as soon as you let your guard down. 

Spending time with people who drink or consume drugs- 

Having the proper support can significantly benefit you in achieving long-term sobriety. It will protect you from the negative influence of people who may pressure you to abandon recovery. Although you may feel lonely in your early recovery days, remember it is better than spending time with people who will only be detrimental to your recovery.

Having unrealistic expectations- 

Managing expectations in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse can be tricky. Expecting your life to improve too soon would mean setting yourself up for disappointment. When recovery does not turn out to be the one magical solution for all your problems, you may become pessimistic and start doubting the drug addiction treatment facility. 

It’s important to prepare yourself for slow and uneven progress and setbacks during the recovery journey. If you feel uneasy anytime during or after leaving the treatment center, you should reach out to someone for support and/or talk to your drug and alcohol counselors or recovery specialists for help. 

About Magnolia Ranch Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

It is essential to stay positive during drug addiction rehab to avoid relapses. At Magnolia Ranch Recovery, we offer premium addiction treatment services to our clients and assist them with their rehab program, along with mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders. Our team of trained therapists aims to provide supportive and compassionate care to those suffering from drug abuse. Our clients choose us for our personalized inpatient programs and individually designed treatment options. For more information about us, contact us at 888-992-7955 or connect with us via email at You can also fill out our contact form to get a call back from us.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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