The Year I Spent In Rehab

A year sounds like a very long time to be in rehab, but that’s exactly what I did last year. My battle with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) had reached its peak and the fight became a full blown war. Why is it so hard to stay sober? I’ve done it before, but ever since I … Continue reading The Year I Spent In Rehab

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