Relapse Stages, Triggers and Coping Skills

A relapse is when a person returns to using drugs or alcohol after a period of sobriety. Relapses are most common in the first 90 days of sobriety and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), relapse rates while in recovery are 40 to 60%.  There are 3 stages of a relapse: emotional, … Continue reading Relapse Stages, Triggers and Coping Skills

You Are a Relapse Survivor

Relapse is a big part of my recovery journey that has filled me with feelings of guilt and shame, two very powerful negative emotions. My guilt reflects feelings of accountability and regret for the relapses that negatively affected me and my family. The shame brings deeply painful feelings of self-unworthiness, arising from the belief that … Continue reading You Are a Relapse Survivor

How To Support Someone After a Relapse

The path toward recovery from any addiction is often not a straight line. Unfortunately, addiction relapse is quite common. According to studies, nearly half of all people who try to get sober, return to heavy drinking or drug use, and even more experience a mild slip. There are several reasons for this high number. Short … Continue reading How To Support Someone After a Relapse