Signs of Impending Relapse

Signs of Impending Relapse

Relapse is a very real and common part of the recovery process. Though it’s a difficult subject, it’s vital that we all know the signs and symptoms of impending relapse. Sometimes, there are steps that can be taken to prevent a possible relapse. If you or someone you love is struggling with any of these symptoms, they could be approaching a relapse. It’s a painful process and one that’s not easy to go through or to watch. Here, we’ll discuss signs to look out for that could mean a relapse is around the corner, as well as some possible steps to take to step back onto the road to recovery.

Heightened stress levels. Anytime we’re experiencing heightened states of stress, we’re at a greater risk for relapse. If you notice you’ve been under a lot of stress lately due to work, family, school, or anything else, it’s time to check in with your recovery, go to extra meetings, and/or talk to trusted friends about what you’re feeling. While stress isn’t always an indication of impending relapse, it can trigger the urge to use.

Increased frequency of isolation. Isolation can be a major sign of impending relapse. If you’re feeling like you don’t want to see your friends, family, or therapeutic team, this is the time to reach out. You’re not alone.

Changes in daily routine or structure. A healthy routine can serve as the backbone of any recovery program. When our routines start to break down, we are at a greater risk of returning to our old habits. From here, it’s a slippery slope.

Relapse is a painful process. If you notice any of the above signs in you or someone you love, help is just around the corner.


Tree House Recovery of Orange County, California is a premier men’s addiction treatment facility that uses eight different modalities to help our men become the best versions of themselves they can be. We teach our men that every day of their journey is something to celebrate and that recovery isn’t a sprint– it’s a marathon. To get started with Tree House Recovery, call us today at  (855) 202-2138

Share This Post