Don’t Punish Yourself for a Drug Relapse

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Upon finding yourself in the middle of a drug relapse after you thought you were no longer addicted to some substance or another, you might feel the urge to somehow punish yourself. This is most often done by degrading oneself privately. Another form of punishing yourself for a drug relapse can also include things like injuring yourself, which is commonly done through cutting the skin and punching or kicking hard inanimate objects.  


Relapse Can Happen to Anyone

One very important thing to remember when it comes to your addiction and relapse is that they can happen to anyone. Regardless of age, gender, tax bracket, race, education, religion, or any other demographic, relapses in drug abuse happens in all of them. Quitting a substance is no walk in the park, and you need to realize that relapses happen all the time to people just like you. If it happens to you, dust yourself off, inform your rehab center, therapist, addiction group, and anyone else who is a part of your addiction treatment support network. But most importantly, don’t self punish or play the blame game while pointing at yourself.


Issues from Self Punishment

If you start punishing yourself for a drug relapse in Pompano Beach, FL, you might lead yourself to much worse consequences than just feeling guilty for a few days. When it comes to injuring yourself as noted above, a mistake can quickly turn a small injury into a truly dangerous moment. Cuts can go too deep in sensitive parts of your wrists or legs. Punching a solid object can result in a broken hand and so on.


Even when you self punish by blaming yourself, you introduce and reinforce the idea that you are not worthy or ready to actually quit using drugs, which can lead to major issues even if they’re not physically damaging. These issues include numerous kinds of mental illnesses, not the least of which is depressive and anxiety disorders.


Quitting Again Improves Your Chances

As this section title says, tryng to quit again after a relapse is statistically more likely to result in quitting the substance you’re addicted to for the rest of your life, and those chances only increase every time an addict goes back to sobriety after a relapse no matter how many times they do so.


So, quit trying to punish yourself if you have a drug relapse in Pompano Beach and instead contact us for help and guidance in ending your addiction again.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.