The science of addiction is much more complicated than most people think. When it comes to recognizing and avoiding relapse triggers, for example, men and women have to be on the lookout for different dangers.
How Relapse Triggers Can Change Between Men and Women
“Estimates indicate that about 40-60% of addicts will relapse and although medications and treatments that can help minimize relapse, it takes consistent self-care focus to avoid it.” Why is that percentage so high? A lack of general information and education about what might pose a risk is part of it, certainly. How can you avoid something if you don’t know that it’s a threat to your recovery?
For men, the research shows that relapse is at its most likely when they are “feeling good.” Many commercials for alcohol depict this sort of scene, and understandably so, as they’re trying to sell a lifestyle as much as a product. However, those who are working to quit drugs or alcohol have to find other ways to celebrate and different groups of people to celebrate with. Spending time with those who still engage with the substance is asking for trouble.
For women, “relapses are more often triggered when they feel bad emotionally.” This isn’t much of a stretch, considering that society and culture in the U.S. can often drive women to see themselves through the expectations of others. There are a lot of reasons that a woman might feel bad (whether these are actual occurrences or just perceived), so unfortunately there are a lot of instances in which she might fall into relapse, seeking consolation in drugs or alcohol.
It’s not difficult to imagine that it would be hard to avoid relapse triggers, but there is always room for hope. To learn more about how you can avoid these pitfalls and move safely toward recovery, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others who are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.