What Do I Do If I Relapse?

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Relapse can be terrifying when you are wanting to stay sober. These are the immediate things you need to do after a relapse.


  • Call Someone As Soon As Possible: Isolation due to shame, guilt, or fear because of a relapse can lead to problems. You don’t have to be ashamed of a relapse, but it’s perfectly normal if you are. Humility is the spiritual recovery principle which can inspire you to ask for help and be okay with being a little ashamed of that. Addiction and alcoholism can quickly put us to right size. Remember, you are worth recovering and getting the help you need.
  • Evaluate If You Need Treatment: Relapse can be short term or long term. You might have a quick slip, letting you know you aren’t ready to be on your own or that you need to strengthen your recovery. You might have a relapse for a longer period of time like weeks, months, or even years. The shorter your relapse the easier it will be to get back into the flow of treatment. After relapse you have to ask yourself an honest question: Am I ready for recovery on my own? It’s okay if the answer is “no”. It doesn’t mean you have to go back to detox (unless you’re using was severe) or even residential inpatient, unless you think you might be a danger to yourself and/or others. Whatever level of treatment you decide is best for you, there are many options for getting back into structure, therapy, support, and healing.
  • Create A Plan If You Don’t Need Treatment: If you decide that you don’t need treatment or perhaps your life circumstances don’t currently allow you to go to treatment full or part time, you have to create a plan to get back into recovery and prevent another relapse. Try seeing your therapist twice a week instead of once a week or a half an hour longer. Make commitments with friends to be picked up for a meeting if you aren’t sure you’ll make it there yourself. Enlist friends and family members to help keep you accountable in a loving and supportive way as you get back into a regular routine of recovery.
  • Be Easy On Yourself: Unfortunately with addiction and alcoholism, relapse happens. It doesn’t have to happen, but it often does. Before you beat yourself up and cause yourself a debilitating amount of shame and guilt, recognize that relapse is part of the nature of the disease. Addiction and alcoholism are often referred to a s relapsing and remitting diseases.

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