Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholic Relapse
From a study of 1,626 post-rehab patients: "In all groups craving was not a major self-reported cause of relapse. In the Alcohol Dependent group, the most common reason was depression. In fact, 300% more patients cited depression, compared to craving, as the reason for their relapse."
- Neuropsychopharmacology (1994) 11 271-271.
Experiencing Post Acute Withdrawal: I start having problems with one or more of the following; thinking difficulties, emotional overreaction problems, sleep disturbances, memory difficulties, becoming accident prone, and/or starting to experience a serious sensitivity to stress. See alcohol withdrawal.
Return To Denial: I stop telling others what I'm thinking/feeling and start trying to convince myself or others that everything is all right, when in fact it is not.
Avoidance And Defensive Behavior: I start avoiding people who will give me honest feedback and/or I start becoming irritable and angry with them.
Starting To Crisis Build: I start to notice that ordinary everyday problems become overwhelming and no matter how hard I try, I can't solve my problems.
Feeling Immobilized (Stuck): I start believing that there is nowhere to turn and no way to solve my problems. I feel trapped and start to use magical thinking.
Becoming Depressed: I start feeling down-in-the dumps and have very low energy. I may even become so depressed that I start thinking of suicide.
Compulsive And/Or Impulsive Behaviors (Loss Of Control): I start using one or more of the following- food, sex, caffeine, nicotine, work, gambling, etc. often in an out of control fashion. And/or I may react without thinking of the consequences of my behavior on myself and others.
Urges And Cravings (Thinking About Drinking/Using): I begin to think that alcohol/drug use is the only way to feel better. I start thinking about justifications to drink/use and convince myself that using is the logical thing to do.
Chemical Loss Of Control (Drinking/Using): I find myself drinking/using again to solve my problems. I start to believe that "it's all over 'till I hit bottom, so I may as well enjoy this relapse while it's good." My problems continue to get worse.
Adapted from Terence T. Gorski's Warning Sign Identification Process
- Alcohol Relapse and Craving
- Start of A Drinking Relapse
- Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholic Relapse
- 10 Most Common Dangers That Can Lead to a Alcohol or Drug Relapse
- Attitudes That Can Lead to a Drug or Alcohol Relapse
- Preventing an Alcohol Relapse
Tracy, N. (2021, December 15). Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholic Relapse, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, December 8 from https://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/alcoholism/signs-symptoms-alcoholic-relapse