Understanding Relapse Dreams in Recovery

For those recovering from addiction, dreaming about relapsing is a common occurrence. While it may seem like a warning sign of possible relapse in the future, research done on the matter actually indicates that this may not be true. Here’s what you need to know about having relapse dreams when you are in recovery. 

What prompts relapse dreams?

There are different factors that can make a person more susceptible to having dreams about relapsing. Studies like those conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute have shown that those who are in treatment for substance use or have attended meetings for Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are more likely to have a relapse dream. Those who have relapse dreams are most commonly those in recovery. Another determinant factor in having dreams about relapse is the length of time that you’ve been in recovery. The longer a person has been in recovery, the less likely they are to have relapse dreams. 

Correlation between relapse dreams and relapsing

It’s also important to note that the study from MGH Recovery Research Institute states that there wasn’t any correlation between having relapse dreams and relapsing. It did find that those who more frequently have relapse dreams were individuals who were newer to recovery and had had a serious and long history of substance abuse. 

If you do have a relapse dream, it does not indicate that you are about to relapse. In fact, it might not even be a bad sign. Those who wake from a relapse dream and are grateful to know that it wasn’t real, are showing that they have progressed positively because there is a desire to overcome and live a healthier life.

Recovering from something as difficult as addiction requires support and guidance. Twin Town Treatment Centers operates six facilities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County that offer a safe and welcoming environment for those on the path of recovery from addiction. Our outpatient treatment is immediately practiced in daily life by our patients and is effective and affordable. Reach out to us today by calling us at (866) 594-8844 or fill out our online form to get started. Our team of professionals will provide you with a no-cost interview and assessment for alcohol and drug issues