After doing all the hard work to get yourself into recovery from your crack cocaine addiction, the last thing you want to do is relapse. Unfortunately, relapses are part of the addiction sufferer’s life until they finally win the battle. We always hope that happens sooner rather than later.
The $64K question is what should someone who has been through rehab do if they do relapse. If it happens to you, if crack cocaine gets the better of you again, the first thing you need to do is avoid getting discouraged. The relapse rates for crack cocaine addiction are very high. You would simply be one of the majority. But don’t get discouraged. You have the advantage of knowing exactly what you need to do next. You need to get yourself back into rehab as soon as possible.
There is no need to beat yourself up. You need to stay focused and rational because every decision you make after you start using again is going to affect your ability to prepare for help.
If you have been to a South Florida rehab like ours in the past, that’s where you need to be headed right away. If you went through rehab in another area, we encourage you to think about getting help in one of South Florida’s top rehab facility. Yes, almost all South Florida rehabs will be ready to help you if you are experiencing a relapse. They have no desire to shame you for your transgression.
Here’s what you need to know about going back into rehab. Your relapse and past drug abuse history will dictate how the rehab facility’s administrators prescribe treatment this time around.
In the section below, we want to move forward and describe what you will likely experience because of your relapse. We hope this information will put your mind at ease.
Rehab Second Time Around
As you reenter rehab, you’ll need to think about what worked and what didn’t work last time around. If you go to a different rehab, like one in South Florida, you will want to describe for them what you experienced in your prior treatment visits. The facility’s administrators will take note and try to do things a little differently.
In the beginning, you might have to detox again. It depends on how long you have been using since your relapse. You will be amazed at how fast your mind and body become dependent on crack cocaine after a period of abstinence.
When it comes to therapy, this is where you might see a different approach in your treatment. First, your therapist is very likely going to put you through a more intensive form of therapy. They have to keep working with you to get at the true core of why you feel the need to continue abusing crack cocaine.
You can also expect to spend more time in rehab the second time around. Your therapist is going to want to focus on making sure your footing is a bit more grounded before you head out of the door of rehab again.
Finally, you are going to need to consider getting yourself involved in aftercare programs when you leave. Your addiction has made clear it is very strong. You have to be willing to consider any measures that will help you stay clean.
Here are a few suggestions of aftercare options you might want to consider:
- Residing in a sober living environment for a few months
- Attending outpatient counseling sessions
- Getting yourself heavily involved with a 12 Step program like Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Participating in alumni programs your rehab center might put forth
What all of these options have in common is they will require a higher level of accountability from you. If you were to get yourself involved with NA, you would get an opportunity to build support resources you can rely on to help you avoid further relapses.
The bottom line is this. Don’t get yourself all wrapped up in fears about failure. The disease of crack cocaine addiction is very strong. As long as you are willing to keep fighting, you will eventually win that fight.
If you have relapsed, we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible. You can contact one of our staff members at 833-846-5669. We have no intention of shaming you for your transgression. What we do intend to do is help you find the road to a lasting recovery.