What to Do if You Relapse

Between 40 and 60% of those recovering from addiction will slip into relapse at least once within a year. Not only can relapse be hard on your relationships, but it can be damaging to your health too.

After you stop using drugs, your tolerance rapidly decreases. This can make it difficult for you to correctly dose your drug intake, leading to an increased risk of overdose.

But a relapse doesn’t have to mean the end of your sobriety. If you’re serious about staying sober, there are ways to get back on the wagon and continue your road to recovery.

Do you want to know how? Keep reading to learn 4 important steps you should take after a relapse.

1. Take Responsibility

First things first, you have to take responsibility for your actions. Pushing the blame onto someone else or trying to forget that it ever happened will make it harder for you to get back on the wagon.

However, you shouldn’t think of relapse as ruining your sobriety. Think of it as a speed bump. You made a mistake, but now you’re going to take responsibility and keep moving forward.

2. Call Someone

As you learned in rehab, a solid support group is vital to recovery. Lying about your relapse or isolating yourself can easily cause a downward spiral back into addiction.

Instead, call a loved one or your sponsor as soon as you can. Being honest and accepting support will help you overcome your relapse and get back on track.

3. Seek Help

While calling a loved one is a great first step, you’ll also need to seek professional help. For most people, this is attending a meeting. If possible, find a meeting that night instead of waiting a day or two.

You could also see a drug and alcohol counselor or check yourself into a drug rehab facility. If your drug use was a one-time occurrence, you may only need to attend a meeting or sign up for an outpatient program. However, if your relapse consisted of a pattern of drug use, it may be necessary to check yourself into an inpatient program.

4. Reassess Your Sobriety Plan

Once you’ve taken the above steps to stop your relapse in its tracks, it’s time to understand why it happened. Identify what triggered your drug use and think of ways you can avoid this trigger in the future.

Of course, you can’t always avoid triggers. So, you’ll also want to think of ways you can cope without turning to drugs. It’s important to learn from your mistakes and adjust your sobriety plan accordingly in order to avoid future relapses.

Steps to Take After a Relapse

Don't let a relapse ruin everything you worked so hard to achieve. By taking the right steps, from accepting responsibility to reassessing your sobriety plan, you can get back on the road to recovery. 

Are you struggling to maintain your sobriety? If so, contact us today to get the help you need.