Making Adjustments in a Stagnant Recovery

It’s easy to move off track in recovery by getting out of good habits or spending time in a negative environment. While no one wants to relapse, there is plenty to learn from feelings of stagnation and low motivation.

Understanding Recovery

Making Adjustments in a Stagnant Recovery

Getting off track in recovery is easy to do if you stop using the tools you learned in rehab or do not keep yourself in a positive environment

It takes time to recover from LSD dependence, so it’s necessary to make life adjustments along the way. Many people do relapse and it is not a sign of failure. A momentary slip or period of low motivation is a good time to focus on skills that work and discard efforts that don’t help.[1]

It’s common to feel recovery efforts are stalling or even going backwards, but there are plenty of techniques useful for getting back on track. For some who struggle with finding motivation, additional talk therapy and addiction treatment may be the best option. Others benefit from additional aftercare resources, such as support groups, to work on coping techniques and other skills learned during treatment. Failing to make adjustments to a life in recovery leads to relapse and further problems with drug use, so it’s crucial to stay on top of recovery skills.[2]

Is My Recovery Stagnating?

On a regular basis, it’s important to take time to routinely evaluate recovery progress. If recovery skills seem flat, for example, it’s still a struggle to avoid temptations to use; it’s important to make changes. Many people keep a daily calendar to plan out possible challenges, such as avoiding a friend who encourages drug use. In short, neglecting recovery skills quickly results in relapse, no matter how confident a person is in his sobriety.[3]

Each person must examine his own personal triggers and needs. Sitting down with a therapist is a good way to get an objective opinion and some additional advice on recovery. A therapist offers tips on recognizing when a recovery is in jeopardy and provide suggestions on making improvements. If thoughts of LSD start to occur more frequently and it’s difficult to control them, then these thoughts signal something needs to change to keep recovery on track. The more a person thinks about drugs, the easier it becomes to rationalize a relapse. For example, hanging around people who use LSD or other drugs is a significant trigger for a relapse. Even people who stay sober for years struggle with added temptation to use when around other drug users.3

A stagnant recovery is obvious to some, but others may feel uncertain. The following signs indicate a change is needed:

  • Justifying LSD abuse by believing behavior is controllable by managing the dose
  • Feelings of depression
  • Isolating from friends and loved ones
  • Extreme feelings of stress
  • Reverting back to behaviors present during abuse
  • Romanticizing addiction or drug abuse
  • Lying or deceiving others

Anyone who recognizes these issues should take steps to shake up recovery. There are plenty of ways to make the process more doable by adding excitement.1

Making Adjustments in Recovery

Much of a person’s recovery depends upon the degree of change needed. Many people benefit from sitting down with a therapist, sponsor or other trusted person to get another opinion about needed changes. It’s natural for every person’s recovery to get stale; getting a fresh opinion makes managing day-to-day challenges easier.

One way to jump start sobriety efforts is to attend a support group or a few therapy sessions for some ideas. It’s also a good idea to review notes from treatment and incorporate old concepts forgotten or discarded. Try new coping habits to make a considerable amount of progress without making any big changes. Habits such as exercise, meditation, painting or journaling are effective coping techniques, provide great stress relief and help strengthen recovery. Making small adjustments offers benefits felt for months.3

Jump Starting Recovery

If you have relapsed or showing warning signs of relapse, seek treatment immediately to avoid further problems. Relapse does not mean recovery is a failure, but any time it gets to a crisis point, it’s important to find stability. Further addiction treatment returns a sense of normalcy and brings insight.

If you suffer from addiction, then call our toll-free helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinator about how treatment can help you stay sober. Our staff wants to answer all your questions about addiction treatment and offer information about health insurance coverage. They are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call, so call now to begin your recovery as soon as possible.


[1] National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Planning for Emergencies and Coping with a Lapse. Core Sessions. Retrieved July 18, 2016 from http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/MATCHSeries3/core.htm#6.

[2] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Behavioral Health Treatments and Services. Retrieved July 18, 2016 from http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment.

[3] SAMHSA. (2010). The Next Step Toward a Better Life. Retrieved July 18, 2016 from http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA14-4474/SMA14-4474.pdf.