As everyone was told to stay home during the shelter-in-place period, many people were affected. But one group in particular was affected extremely hard. Recovering addicts are struggling immensely with their sobriety during these times. After all, routines are an important part of recovery and said routines have been destroyed by the lockdown.

Dayry Hulkow, M.S., a primary therapist at Arete Recovery, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility told Fox News,

“Yes, we are already starting to see an increase in relapses.”

So what is it that triggers a relapse? Experts say that various feelings such as anxiety, loneliness, and especially boredom can cause a recovering addict to backslide. You see, it has been well documented in recent years that isolation is one of the big triggers in causing one to relapse.

There is actually a study that was published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information that addressed this very issue. Essentially it reported that being separated from other sober peers dramatically hurt recovering addicts chances at remaining clean. It also went on to state that this aloneness can also increase the possibility that they commit violent crimes.

Signs of Relapse


Relapse is very common in the rehab process. As a matter of fact, it has been reported that as much as sixty per cent of addicts in recovery experience a minimum of one relapse at some point. Some people recovering have been isolating alone, while others are at home with family members. Family members are an important part of their support system. They need to be especially observant during these times for relapse signs such as:

  • deception such as lying constantly
  • Decreased discussion of their feelings
  • Associating with other users
  • Poor hygiene
  • Inconsistent sleeping patterns
  • Poor eating habits

What Should I Do If I Suspect My Family Member is Relapsing?


If you think your family member has relapsed, you need to provide him or her with empathy. Actively listening to what they are saying goes a long way. By trying to understand them you will then be able to encourage them to rehab. Returning to a rehab center may not be what they want, but it could very well be their best option.

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