A reality for many recovering addicts is relapse. In fact, relapse is a very common experience for those who are trying to overcome drug or alcohol addictions. If you are in the midst of the recovery process, it’s important to be prepared for relapse. Should relapse occur, take a look at these steps for coping with relapse.
1. Have a plan. Taking a drink or slipping a pill does not automatically mean relapse. But it could lead to relapse. Have a plan in place so that when you find yourself tempted to take a drink or get a hit that you have a way out.
2. Have a support system. You’ll want to have a few people you can call that can help you not take the next drink. If you feel the urge to get drunk or stoned, call your support group. Your group can help talk you out of heading out to the bar and keep you on the path to recovery.
3. Don’t beat yourself up. If you get angry with yourself for a slip up, then you are likely to keep going and take more drugs or drink more. You cannot beat yourself up! Stay positive, recognize that you slipped up, and then move forward.
4. Talk to a professional. Even if you’ve been to rehab, having a professional counselor or therapist help you with recovery is very important. A professional will know how to help you avoid triggers and can help you get in the right mind set to recover.
Even if you do relapse, remember that your recovery is not over. All of your hard work and effort will pay off. You just have to be patient with yourself and continue to work hard.