You worked hard to make it through treatment for your addiction to drugs or alcohol. You were set up for success and were following the right path. And then it happened: you relapsed. A friend asked you if you wanted to have a drink or you were super stressed out and though that a “bump” would help to relieve some of your tension. You were only going to use one time, but before you knew it, your alcohol or drug use was spiraling out of control again.
Relapse is one of the hardest things that a recovering addict goes through. It’s harder than admitting you have a problem in the first place, and it’s more difficult than going through treatment. When you relapse, you are left feeling guilty, embarrassed, and ashamed. It also tempts you to just give up on sobriety and start becoming a full-blown addict again.
If you’re recently relapsed, take comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone. According to research, as many as 60 percent of those who have received treatment for substance abuse and addiction relapse at least one time; a large percentage relapse several times before they are finally able to attain lasting sobriety.
While it is certainly comforting to know that you aren’t the only one who has relapsed, it’s important to know how to handle using drugs or alcohol again after you have completed treatment for addiction. Don’t give up hope. Recovery is still possible, even if you have relapsed.
Here are some tips that you can use to help you navigate a relapse so you can bounce back stronger than before and achieve lasting sobriety.