What happens now? After relapsing and waking up sober, it’s easy to believe all the hard work done to reach sobriety is now obsolete. Starting over will be a necessity, but before it becomes too overwhelming, take a deep breath. This happens to many recovering addicts, and many end up reaching sobriety again.


Once a relapse happens, the recovering addict is faced with two options: giving into the addiction, or fighting the addiction. It is certainly easier to give into the addiction’s power, especially after a relapse. Relapsing can make the addict feel as though they don’t deserve to lead a healthy, sober lifestyle. Allowing the addiction to take control will only hurt the addict in the long run, pushing them back into a lifestyle of drug or alcohol abuse, and possibly overdose or death.


Addicts will have to face their loved ones after a relapse, which is certainly terrifying. If the addict is honest about the relapse, it will help prove their responsibility to remain truthful to those loved ones. Sure, they’ll probably be hurt and even angered by the news, but if they’ve agreed to support the road to recovery, they’ll understand. Be sure to stress the importance of their continued support and encouragement throughout the next attempt at recovery.


In some instances, a relapse is best treated by entering a rehab facility, even if the addict has been through treatment before. A common misconception is the belief that attending rehab for a second time won’t make a difference since the addict has been through it before. In reality, rehab always has the power to be helpful for those attempting recovery. There are always going to be new lessons to learn during each stay at rehab. If attending rehab for a second time, consider working with healthcare professionals on an aftercare plan. This will ensure you have detailed plans for ongoing therapy or counseling after the initial stay in rehab is complete.


Despite how easy it is to feel like a failure after relapsing, it is important to stay positive. A strong, optimistic outlook will certainly help the chances at recovery. Turn the negative feelings into motivation to regain sobriety rather than give up. Don’t forget that even the most successful recovering addicts are still human, and slip ups are inevitable. Stay dedicated to recovery and be open and honest when faced with difficult times.

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