Common Symptoms of a Potential Relapse

Recovery doesn’t simply end once you leave your treatment facility. It is an ongoing process that requires determination and dedication every day in order to maintain sobriety and a healthier lifestyle. However, you may find yourself being tempted to fall back into old habits.

By recognizing the signs that you may be close to relapsing, you can avoid doing so and stay on the path to wellness and recovery.

Rising Stress Levels

Once you’re out of your treatment facility and back in the real world, the stressors you once used alcohol or drugs to cope with will likely still be triggering for you. While you will have learned how to deal with stress in a healthy way during your treatment, if you find yourself unable to manage your stress using these methods, you may run the risk of resorting to familiar, unhealthy coping mechanisms.


The denial you may be facing during your journey to sobriety isn’t the same as the denial felt before acknowledging a substance abuse issue. In this case, you may risk relapsing if you deny that you’re feeling stress and anxiety and are unable to cope with it while in recovery.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Struggling with maintaining sobriety can have many mental, emotional, and physical symptoms similar to those of withdrawal. If you find yourself with any of the following symptoms, you may be close to relapsing:

  • Shakes or tremors

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Restlessness


If you begin to retreat from your friends and family members, as you may have done when you are using, you might be straying from the right path. Once you’re in recovery, it’s more important than ever to lean on loved ones for comfort and support.

If you think you are on the verge of relapsing, it’s essential to get in contact with someone within your support system, whether it be your addiction counselor, your sober sponsor, or a loved one.

At Silver Ridge, we create a customized treatment plan for adults struggling with addiction to help them achieve lasting sobriety. If you or a loved one is in need of addiction treatment, contact us today to speak to our admissions team (855) 945-7788.