Bouncing Back in Life After A Relapse

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For some who have undergone rehabilitation and found it difficult to kick the habit for good for some reason, the possibility of relapse becomes real. And if you have indeed relapsed, you may be in a rut or questioning what to do next. Instead of giving up on recovery and your sober lifestyle, you should take this moment to reflect on the cause of your relapse and how you can avoid it in the future.


Remember that you can still pick yourself up after a relapse, but you should also make relapse prevention a priority. Take action, don’t give up, and read the following tips:

Prevention is REALLY better than cure.

The first priority of recovery is to avoid relapsing at all. If you start feeling like you want to “try” again, or use just one time, you should first think about why you decided and committed to quit in the first place. You may be susceptible to cravings and missing the “fun” and “good effects” of drinking alcohol or using drugs again. However, you should finish the story. Think about what the consequences of you going back to these substances will bring.

If you feel like drinking or using again, talk to your support group or counselor about it. This can help you realign your thoughts, remind you of your commitment to sobriety, and bring you back to reality.

Relapse isn’t the end of the world.

And a fun fact: most people relapse on alcohol because of the social acceptance it has. After all, it’s one of the most widespread, legal addictive substance that we have.

While relapse is NEVER a good thing, you shouldn’t beat yourself about it afterwards. This pressure you put on yourself in the aftermath can even push you to drink or use once again. And maybe again and again.

Attend a 12-step meeting or go to your support group or counselor.

You should not also pretend that the relapse didn’t happen. Instead, accept the mistake and then do whatever it takes to prevent it from happening again.

Understand your triggers. 

Understand what has caused you to relapse. It could be one or a combination of the following:

  • social cues
  • peer pressure
  • depression
  • loneliness
  • self-pity
  • anxiety
  • boredom
  • overconfidence
  • arrogance
  • celebration

Move on.

It’s hard enough to go through life and rebuild it after your addiction. It can be hard as well after relapse, when you feel like you have to start all over again.

However, don’t give up on yourself and on your sobriety.

If you feel like you are going down the road of relapse, talk to us today.

Call or Text:

09175098826 / 622-0193

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