But you were doing so well
This is post about relapsing.
Unless you are very fortunate, you will experience relapses in Recovery.
Why does a relapse occur?
I do not know.
But it may be partly to do with exhaustion.
Recovery is hard work, and I often feel exhausted.
Can I prevent a relapse?
They happen to me, and I wish they did not. If I could prevent this I would.
I try to avoid exhaustion.
Is it disappointing?
Very. Recovery is so important to me, and I work so hard at it. A setback is very disappointing.
What must I do?
The first few times I had a relapse I thought that I was becoming ill again.
It is important not to panic, or give up on the project.
A setback may only be for a few days.
I have talked to my family about a relapse, and they are now better informed.
They did not understand before, but they are beginning to understand that I will have good days, bad days.
Self-talk matters at this time.
Saying things like..
‘It is not the end of the World.’
A setback may only be for a short time.
Some people relapse so badly, that they need to go back into Hospital.
They are usually devastated about this.
I understand that they are in pain.
But even if this has happened, it is still only a setback.
They are often out of Hospital in a few weeks, and back on their way again.
When I have a setback, I feel very down. However, very few people make it through Recovery without this experience.
If they escape this, and get a straight road, then they are very lucky.
It is best to prepare for the possibility, and be ready when it happens.
I wish I had known about the possibility of relapse at the beginning, as the first few times it happened I had a real shock.
I only discovered that this happens to other people by following Recovery blogs.
They described this and I finally released that this was just part of Recovery, a difficult aspect, but that I was not alone.
This has helped me so much, and I am very grateful to other bloggers for talking about this issue.