Overconfidence and Addiction Relapse

Overconfidence and Addiction RelapseAddiction is a sinister disease that makes every attempt to keep you in an addicted state. It takes a daily commitment to maintain your recovery, and you need to avoid all obstacles that may impede your success. One of those obstacles is overconfidence, which refers to pride, arrogance and self-importance. Overconfidence can lead you to believe that you can handle any situation associated with addiction without seeking help from anyone.

Signs of Overconfidence

There are different ways that you may behave in an overconfident manner. You need to be aware of these behaviors so that you can recognize them for what they are: a threat to your sobriety. Some of the signs of overconfidence include the following:

  • A cycle toward relapse – When you first get out of treatment, you consistently attend meetings, frequently contact your sponsor and rely heavily on your support system. But as time passes and you start feeling more confident, you may start to reject what others are suggesting or even the need to attend meetings. As soon as you feel more powerful than your addiction, you can quickly relapse.
  • Allowing justification and denial to scramble your thinking – Often this sign appears several weeks or months after you leave treatment. As overconfidence starts building, you start to use denial and justification to ignore sponsors, support group members and counselors. Instead, the addiction starts making you feel that you know what is best and that you can make it on your own.
  • Discounting reliable recovery practices – Whether it is because you need to make a daily commitment to your recovery or because your overconfidence draws you away from reliable recovery practices, there may come a time when you stop attending support group meetings.
  • Unrealistic expectations – While you have heard many times that recovery is a lifetime journey achieved one day at a time, you may be tempted to expect immediate results. Part of your addiction was the desire for immediate gratification from your drug of choice; however, that is no longer an expectation you can have.

You need to conscientiously evaluate yourself for any of these thoughts and behaviors. If they do arise, you want to seek immediate help.

The Relapse Prevention Plan

During your addiction treatment program, you were guided to create a relapse prevention plan, and now is the time to use it. You need to do one or more of the following:

  • Identify high-risk situations and use the strategies that you learned to respond to high-risk situations in a healthy manner.
  • Call on your support system
  • Live a healthy lifestyle
  • Know that relapse is a possibility

It gets harder to make the right choices as the pull of addiction gets stronger, so you want to respond quickly to offset these urges.

Get Help for Relapse

Relapse is a step backwards but it does not have to be the beginning of your self-destruction through drug abuse. You can recover from a relapse, and we can help, so please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about relapse treatment. While a relapse prevention plan does not guarantee that you will not relapse, it does give you a strong foundation to avoid relapse.