The Stages of Relapse

Relapse is a process, it’s not an event. In order to understand relapse prevention you have to understand the stages of relapse. Relapse starts weeks or even months before the event of physical relapse. In this article you will learn how to use specific relapse prevention techniques for each stage of relapse.

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How to Avoid Chronic Relapse

The people who are successful are taking massive action. They are not just getting out of treatment. They are following through, they are taking all of the suggestions, and they are pushing themselves to make positive changes. They go to meetings, they go to therapy, they follow through in every way. You want to be one of those people who “makes it.” So follow through.

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Video: Why Do People Relapse?

What makes addiction really challenging is that even after someone’s been clean for a year or two years or five, things like stress, pressure, burnout, physical injury, pain, drive the craving and the stress level up and the desire to drink or use can come back in full force. And unless they have good defenses in place, good program stuff, support group, tools … they are always at risk during those intervals of high stress to return to drinking or using.

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Perspective: Sobriety 102

I’ve had to do a lot of soul searching and working through a lot of issues that I had never dealt with, even in my 18 years of sobriety. It brought me to my knees, and I am still working through it. The guilt of going back out. The shame of telling my dear friends in AA that I went back out. It was really really difficult. But I had to be honest and share and let people know that NO MATTER HOW LONG you are sober you are still only ONE ARM’S LENGTH from that first drink.

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